Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, another person may also build a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal website, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone might be attempting to copy your website and cheat people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might exhaust your resources without getting legitimate visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other site. That is why you need to consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared hosting packages which we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the primary folder or within a subfolder and you will be good to go. You do not need any computer programming skills or any experience with this kind of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some time, you could see all of the sites which are protected in the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.