Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images which are on another website. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual could also build a website and rather than using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal site, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone may be trying to copy your website and cheat people. If your website hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might run out of resources without getting real visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It shall not require more than a number of clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature we provide even if this is the 1st web hosting account you use, due to the fact that all of our Linux hosting packages feature a simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the exact same easy-to-use point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this service only for a certain Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and pressing the Delete button.