Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person could also build a site and rather than using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal website, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody can be attempting to copy your site and cheat people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might exhaust your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function which we offer you. While the common technique of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can easily execute this automatically and you shall only have to choose the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should create the needed file in the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and features the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any complications even in case you have never used any web hosting service before. You may switch off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.