Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, someone else may also build a site and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal site, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody could be attempting to copy your website and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll use up all your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared hosting package deals we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be activated in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or in a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't require any coding skills or any experience with this sort of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the sites which are protected within the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each of them.