Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual can also develop a site and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly 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, because someone might be trying to copy your website and trick people. If your hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting real site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also give you a very user-friendly tool that will allow you to enable the protection with a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool can be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our cloud plans and the only 2 things which you'll need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be activated 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 by hand on your end. If you want to deactivate the hotlink protection option at one point, you will simply have to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.