Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual can also develop a site and rather than using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a major issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone could be aiming to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting actual visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

Due to the fact that our shared hosting come with a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from showing on third-party sites with literally only 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just need to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Additionally, you may also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and will add the necessary code in it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed inside the same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with just a click.