Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, another person could also create a website and instead of using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone may be attempting to copy your site and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may use up all your resources without getting legitimate visitors, simply 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 only images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It won't take more than a couple of clicks to activate the hotlink security feature which we offer even if this is the first web hosting account you use, as all of our Linux shared hosting feature a simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this feature only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you discover that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool which we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you switch on this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site rather than your real images. You will only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section within the CP and pick the domain or subdomain your site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. If required, you'll also have the option to enable the function for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the function is just as simple - return to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the specific Internet site and then press the Delete button.