Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual could also create a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal website, it can be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone can be aiming to copy your website and cheat people. If your hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting actual site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to secure your whole content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with several mouse clicks. The standard technique to activate server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover within the Hepsia CP, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to choose the website which you would like to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the necessary content within it. You may also use this option for just one folder as opposed to the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you may deactivate it with just one mouse click via the very same section of your Control Panel.