Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else can also develop a website and instead of using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody might be trying to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your web hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may use up all your resources without getting real visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared hosting packages we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be activated in two basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be all set. You do not need any programming capabilities or any experience with such matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to remove the protection at some point, you will be able to see all the Internet sites which are protected in the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers a simple solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with several clicks. The common way to enable server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to include a few directives in it. With the tool which you'll discover inside the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to select the website which you intend to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the required content in it. You can also use this function for only one folder rather than the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be switched on, you'll be able to disable it with just one mouse click through the very same section of your Control Panel.