Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images that are on another website. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person could also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal website, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone may be aiming to copy your site and trick people. If your web hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you could use up all your resources without getting legitimate visitors, due to the fact that 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 documents, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It won't take more than a few mouse clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature that we offer you even if this is the very first hosting account that you use, as all our hosting include a simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the very same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to choose the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this feature only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can easily deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.