Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person may also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a big problem if you have a small personal website, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone may be aiming to copy your website and cheat people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might run out of resources without getting actual visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. That is why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

It shall not take more than a couple of clicks to activate the hotlink security function we provide even if this is the first hosting account that you use, as all of our Linux cloud website hosting come with a very simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it offers the same exact easy-to-use point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this feature only for a particular Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.