Hotlinking, which is occasionally labeled bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, somebody else may also build a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a major issue if you have one small personal website, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody might be attempting to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting actual site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

It won't take more than a couple of clicks to activate the hotlink security function which we offer even if this is the first web hosting account you use, as all our Linux cloud web hosting feature a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the same intuitive point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this feature only for a particular site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.