Hotlinking, which is often referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else could also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a big problem if you have a small personal Internet site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone might be trying to copy your website and cheat people. If your website hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting real site visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
There is a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very easy-to-work-with tool that will allow you to enable the protection with a few mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our Linux shared packages and the only 2 things that you will have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to deactivate the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll simply have to go back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.