Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual could also build a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal site, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody can be aiming to copy your site and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting real website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
It will not take more than a couple of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security function that we provide even if this is the 1st web hosting account which you use, because all of our cloud web hosting include a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the exact same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to switch on this feature only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you will be able to disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to 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 another person has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. As soon as you switch on this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site rather than your real images. You'll only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain which your website uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. When necessary, you will also have the option to activate the function for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the feature is just as simple - get back to the exact same section, check the box beside the particular site and then press the Delete button.