Hotlinking, which is oftentimes referred to as bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another website. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person may also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody can be trying to copy your site and cheat people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. That is why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud hosting package deals that we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be turned on in 2 basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you will be all set. You do not need any coding skills or any experience with such matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some time, you can see all the sites that are protected within the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.