Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another site. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual can also build a website and instead of using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody may be aiming to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you could run out of resources without getting legitimate visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. That is why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It shall not require more than a couple of clicks to switch on the hotlink security function we provide even if this is the first web hosting account you use, because all of our cloud service include a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the same easy-to-use point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to enable this feature only for a certain website folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool we've created and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you activate this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site in place of your actual images. You'll only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain your Internet site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. If required, you shall also have the option to activate the function just for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the function is as easy - go back to the same section, check the box beside the specific site and then click on the Delete button.