Justhost web hosting comes with the security feature called hotlink protection. Hotlink Protection is one of the security tool that can protect and save you lots of bandwidth by preventing other sites from stealing and displaying your images. If you host a website, you have most likely been the victim of hot linking at one time or another. Your website’s information and images might be stolen by somebody and they use your images to display on their website by directly linking to your server. This means they get to display your files while your bandwidth is being used.
For example, once someone found a large image on your site that they thought would make a good image posting in their forum. They linked to your server for the image and use the bandwidth from your server. This will download hundred of Kilobytes off your server every time the image load. If this person posts your image in a heavily famous forum or blog, this will end up in thousand of request and loading per day on your server. It ended up using about 100MB a day of bandwidth, or about 3GB a month from your server, and it stress your web hosting account too.
How to stop this? Hotlink protection will helps you to stop hotlink while keeping your server running smoothly. To enable this feature, firstly you have to log-in to cPanel control panel, scroll down to the security section and click on the icon for Hotlink Protection. You should ensure that all sites that you wish to allow direct links from are in the list. This system attempts to add all sites it knows you own to the list, however you may need to add others. The interface is simple to use, after a quick glance, pressing the Enable button will activate Hotlink Protection. You can add hotlink protection to image files or video files.
Here is the Justhost cPanel looks like and they provides the Hotlink protection under the security tab
Beside Hotlink protection, their cPanel control panel also provide IP deny manager which block user by IPs. This feature allows you to block request from certain web server or web user, all by blocking the IP address. There are more security features provided too, includes the Leech protect and password protect directory. All these are the free security feature provided.
Justhost web hosting plan is with hotlink protection. And we hope this review will help you to know more about this tool and use it to protect your website bandwidth.