Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another Internet site. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual can also build a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a major issue if you have a small personal website, it shall be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone can be trying to copy your site and deceive people. If your website hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can use up all your resources without getting real visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

It won't require more than several mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security feature we offer even if this is the 1st hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all our Linux web hosting services come with a quite simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it features the same intuitive point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this function only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can easily deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool which we have designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you activate this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site as a substitute for your actual images. You will only need to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and select the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. If required, you shall also have the option to activate the feature for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the function is just as simple - return to exactly the same section, check the box next to the given website and then click on the Delete button.