Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images which are on another site. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, another person can also build a website and instead of using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal site, it will be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody may be attempting to copy your site and cheat people. If your hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting legitimate visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud hosting plans which we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be enabled in two simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the main folder or in a subfolder and you'll be all set. You do not need any programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection at some point, you can see all of the sites that are protected in the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We offer a simple solution to secure your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The usual approach to activate server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a few directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover in the Hepsia CP, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to choose the website that you intend to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content inside it. You may also use this feature for just one folder instead of the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be active, you could deactivate it with one click from the very same section of your CP.