Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, another person can also build a site and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal site, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone may be aiming to copy your site and cheat people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting real site visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to think about preserving 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 Website Hosting

It won't require more than a number of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink protection function which we provide even if this is the first hosting account that you use, due to the fact that all of our website hosting plans feature a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it provides the same intuitive point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this function only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.