Hotlinking, which is occasionally called bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images that are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else may also create a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a big problem if you have a small personal Internet site, it can be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody could be trying to copy your site and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting legitimate website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool we've designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you switch on this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website in place of your actual images. You will only need to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and choose the domain or subdomain your Internet site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as elementary as that. If required, you'll also have the option to activate the feature just for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the protection is equally simple - go back to the same section, check the box alongside the given website and then press the Delete button.