Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another site. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person may also develop a website and instead of using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone may be aiming to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your website hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting actual visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

It won't require more than a number of clicks to activate the hotlink security feature we offer even if this is the first hosting account you use, since all of our Linux cloud web hosting feature a simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it has the same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this feature only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and pressing the Delete button.