Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images that are on another website. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else may also develop a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal website, it will be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody could be attempting to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting real site visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. That is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
There's a simple way to avoid the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also provide a very intuitive tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our cloud hosting and the only two things that you'll have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you will only have to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.