Hotlinking, which is often referred to as bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual can also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a major issue if you have a small personal website, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody could be trying to copy your website and deceive people. If your website hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about 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 Cloud Web Hosting

It shall not take more than a few mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection feature we offer you even if this is the 1st web hosting account you use, as all of our Linux cloud web hosting packages come with a simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, 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 only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to enable this feature only for a specific Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you will be able to deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.