Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another person could also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a major issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone can be trying to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll use up all your resources without getting real site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide an effective solution to protect your content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The common approach to turn on server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a few directives in it. With the tool which you will find in the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to choose the website that you want to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the necessary content inside it. You could also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you can disable it with just one click through the same section of your CP.