Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person could also create a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal site, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone might be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can use up all your resources without getting legitimate visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. That is why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

There's a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also provide a very user-friendly tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia CP, provided with all our Linux cloud website hosting packages and the only 2 things that you will need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection should be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else manually on your end. If you want to deactivate the hotlink protection option eventually, you will just need to revisit exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.