Hotlinking, which is occasionally labeled bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images that are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person could also create a website and instead of using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a major issue if you have a small personal website, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody may be trying to copy your website and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could exhaust your resources without getting legitimate visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

It will not require more than a couple of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security feature we provide even if this is the very first web hosting account that you use, as all our website hosting plans come with a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this function only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on 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 should use the security tool which we have developed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Whenever you enable this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website in place of your actual images. You'll only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section in the CP and pick the domain or subdomain that your Internet site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. When necessary, you shall also have the option to enable the feature only for a particular subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the feature is as simple - get back to the same section, check the box beside the specific Internet site and then press the Delete button.