Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images which are on another website. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, another person could also build a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal site, it can be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone can be aiming to copy your site and cheat people. If your website hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting actual website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
As our hosting feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to protect your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally only a couple of clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. In addition, you can also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and will add the required code within it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed inside exactly the same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with just a click.