Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another site. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person could also build a website and instead of using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal site, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone might be trying to copy your website and cheat people. If your web hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. That is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
It will not require more than a few mouse clicks to enable the hotlink protection function that we offer you even if this is the 1st website hosting account you use, as all of our cloud website hosting come with a simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this function only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you will be able to disable the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the protection tool that we have developed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Once you activate this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website rather than your actual images. You will only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain which your Internet site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. If necessary, you shall also have the option to switch on the function for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the protection is just as easy - get back to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the given Internet site and then click on the Delete button.