Hotlinking, which is oftentimes referred to as bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another site. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else can also build a site and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody can be trying to copy your site and deceive people. If your web hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting real visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. That is why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It won't require more than several clicks to switch on the hotlink protection feature we provide even if this is the very first web hosting account that you use, because all our Linux shared web hosting feature a simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it has the same intuitive point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to activate this function only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and clicking on the Delete button.