Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, another person may also create a website and rather than using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a big problem if you have a small personal website, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone might be aiming to copy your website and trick people. If your hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might exhaust your resources without getting actual site visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. That is why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

As our Linux shared packages feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally just 2 clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you will just need to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you can also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and will add the needed code inside it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed in exactly the same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.