Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else may also build a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone may be attempting to copy your website and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will exhaust your resources without getting actual visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other website. That is why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It will not require more than a few mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature that we offer you even if this is the first hosting account you use, due to the fact that all of our shared web hosting plans feature a rather simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the same exact intuitive point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to switch on this function only for a particular Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox beside 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 someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you enable this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website instead of your actual images. You will only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain which your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. If needed, you shall also have the option to activate the feature only for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the feature is just as easy - return to exactly the same section, check the box beside the specific Internet site and then click on the Delete button.