Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual can also create a site and rather than using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone might be aiming to copy your website and trick people. If your website hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting real website visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other website. That is why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It won't require more than a few mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function we offer even if this is the very first website hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all our hosting feature a simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it offers the exact same intuitive point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to activate this service only for a particular Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.