Hotlinking, which is sometimes called bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person could also develop a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody can be attempting to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting real visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It will not take more than a few mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security function that we offer you even if this is the 1st hosting account that you use, due to the fact that all of our Linux shared website hosting feature a simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the very same intuitive point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to select the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this service only for a particular Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.