Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images that are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else may also build a website and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal website, it can be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody can be aiming to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your web hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll use up all your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

It will not require more than a number of clicks to enable the hotlink protection function we offer you even if this is the first web hosting account that you use, since all our Linux cloud plans come with a simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the exact same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this function only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you will be able to deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.