Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person can also create a site and rather than using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a major issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone could be attempting to copy your website and deceive people. If your hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting actual website visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

It will not take more than a few clicks to enable the hotlink security feature we offer you even if this is the 1st web hosting account that you use, since all our web hosting plans come with a very simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the same exact easy-to-use point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to switch on this function only for a certain site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can easily deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool which we have designed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. When you switch on this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website instead of your real images. You will only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain which your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. When necessary, you'll also have the option to enable the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is as simple - get back to the same section, check the box alongside the specific Internet site and then click on the Delete button.