Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, someone else could also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody may be aiming to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might exhaust your resources without getting actual site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
As our shared hosting plans include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally just 2 mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this type of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Optionally, you can also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and shall add the required code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed in the very same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.