Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, another person may also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone can be aiming to copy your website and trick people. If your hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll use up all your resources without getting legitimate 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 documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
There is a 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 additionally provide a very user-friendly tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with just a few clicks and without typing any code. The tool can be accessed from the Hepsia CP, provided with all our Linux cloud hosting and the only two things which you'll have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you want to disable the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll just have to go back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.