Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, another person could also build a site and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal website, it shall be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody may be trying to copy your site and deceive people. If your website hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might run out of resources without getting real visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very time and effort saving tool that will allow you to activate the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia CP, offered with all our Linux website hosting packages and the only 2 things that you'll have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else personally on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll only have to revisit the exact same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.