Hotlinking, which is occasionally called bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images that are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else could also develop a website and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal Internet site, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone may be aiming to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will exhaust your resources without getting actual website visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other website. That is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
Since our hosting provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally only two clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will just need to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Additionally, you can also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and will add the required code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the very same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.