Hotlinking, which is oftentimes referred to as bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have a website 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 major issue if you have one small personal site, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody could be trying to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your web hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could exhaust your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in two basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or within a subfolder and you shall be all set. You do not need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with this type of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some time, you could see all the sites which are protected in the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.