Hotlinking, which is occasionally called bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual may also build a site and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody might be aiming to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your web hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting real visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

It won't require more than a few clicks to switch on the hotlink protection feature we offer you even if this is the 1st web hosting account that you use, since all our website hosting come with a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it has the same exact intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this function only for a specific Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can easily deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and pressing the Delete button.