Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, somebody else could also build a site and rather than using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone may be attempting to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could exhaust your resources without getting real website visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It will not require more than several mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature which we offer even if this is the very first web hosting account which you use, as all of our shared hosting service come with a very simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the exact same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this function only for a certain website folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you will be able to turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool that we have developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Whenever you activate this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site rather than your actual images. You will only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section within the CP and pick the domain or subdomain that your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as elementary as that. If needed, you will also have the option to switch on the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the feature is as simple - go back to the exact same section, check the box beside the particular website and then press the Delete button.