Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images that are on another site. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual can also build a site and rather than using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody may be attempting to copy your website and deceive people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting real visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
There's a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally provide a very easy-to-use tool that will allow you to activate the protection with a few clicks and without entering any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our web hosting and the only 2 things which you will have to pick 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 will not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you wish to disable the hotlink protection option sometime, you will only have to return to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.