Hotlinking, which is sometimes called bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another site. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, somebody else may also build a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone might be aiming to copy your website and cheat people. If your web hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could exhaust your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It will not take more than several mouse clicks to activate the hotlink security function we offer you even if this is the 1st web hosting account that you use, due to the fact that all of our shared web hosting include a rather simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the very same intuitive point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this function only for a certain website folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you will be able to disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and pressing the Delete button.