Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual could also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal website, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone might be aiming to copy your site and cheat people. If your web hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will exhaust your resources without getting actual visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It shall not take more than a couple of clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature which we offer even if this is the 1st web hosting account you use, as all our shared hosting plans come with a quite simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this feature only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function which we provide. While the common way to do that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that is able to perform this automatically and you will only have to choose the website in question and to decide whether our system should generate the required file in the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia CP and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any problems even if you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to turn off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the same section.