Hotlinking, which is occasionally called bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person may also build a website and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a major issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody may be aiming to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting actual website visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
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provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally just two clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll just need to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. In addition, you could also pick if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and will include the required code within it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside the exact same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with a click.