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

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

Since our Linux hosting packages provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally no more than a couple of clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this type of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll just have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Optionally, you could also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and shall add the needed code inside it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside exactly the same section, so that you can disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.