Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another site. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual could also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a major issue if you have a small personal website, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone could be aiming to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may use up all your resources without getting actual website visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very intuitive tool that will permit you to enable the protection with just a few clicks and without typing any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia CP, included with all our Linux shared website hosting packages and the only 2 things that you'll have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection should be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll only have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.