Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person may also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal website, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody can be aiming to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting actual site visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
There is a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very helpful tool that will permit you to activate the protection with several clicks and without inputting any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia CP, included with all our Linux website hosting and the only 2 things that you will need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection needs to be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you want to deactivate the hotlink protection option sometime, you will only have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.