Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another site. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person could also build a site and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal website, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody can be aiming to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting real site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
Because our Linux shared web hosting
feature a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally only 2 clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll just need to pick the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Additionally, you could also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall add the required code in it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within exactly the same section, so that you can disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.