Hotlinking, which is oftentimes referred to as bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else could also create a website and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a major issue if you have one small personal site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone can be aiming to copy your website and cheat people. If your web hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting actual website visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. That is why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
Since our shared hosting provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to shield your content from showing on third-party sites with literally only 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this type of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll just need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Furthermore, you can also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and will include the needed code in it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed in the same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with just a click.