Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images which are on another site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person could also develop a site and rather than using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a major issue if you have one small personal site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone may be trying to copy your website and cheat people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting legitimate visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud hosting plans which we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be turned on in two basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You don't require any programming expertise or any experience with such matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection at some time, you can see all the websites which are protected within the very same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.