What precisely is hotlink protection and exactly how does it work? When do you really need such?
Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images that are on another site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else could also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal website, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody can be aiming to copy your site and deceive people. If your website hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting real visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
Due to the fact that our cloud hosting come with a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally only two mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you'll just need to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Additionally, you could also select if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and will include the necessary code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with a click.