Posts Tagged ‘cPanel’

Hotlink Protection – Preventing Bandwidth Theft

March 11th, 2013

A Doteasy customer recently suffered from website downtime and contacted our support team. After an investigation, we explained to the client that the downtime was due to excessive website traffic which caused the entire server to run slow. In particular, the abnormal website traffic was caused by hotlink. In fact, we have already notified the customer this problem few months ago and suggested her to enable the hotlink protection in cPanel. Being a novice blogger, the customer had no clue of fixing the problem and did not respond to our first reminder. At last, after she found out the problem, we promptly provided her with a few suggestions such as plugin installations and hotlink protection. Her website was quickly put back to LIVE after the fix.

So, what is hotlink? A hotlink occurs when content from your site is embedded on another site, using your bandwidth to serve the files. For example, you have a blog sharing shopping tips with your visitors. You post a picture that you took at a supermarket for a crazy sale item. Then, someone copies the URL of the picture from your site and shares the URL in a forum. Your picture is loaded every time a reader visits that forum while your website doesn’t receive any human traffic at all. One of the biggest problems of hotlink is that it causes excessive website traffic while not giving your website any authentic human traffic. In a shared hosting environment, all websites in the same server may suffer from slow load time due to hotlink problems.

Doteasy customers who subscribe to any cPanel hosting plans can take a simple step to prevent hotlink. cPanel offers a great feature called “Hotlink Protection”. To enable this feature, login to your cPanel. Search for “HotLink Protection” below “Security”.

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Click the “Enable” button

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Now your website is now hotlink-protected. You can customize the setting to better suite your needs such as specifying the file formats to be included in the “protected list” as well as redirecting visitors to a custom web page when the image URL is loaded outside your own domain. Here is a screenshot to demonstrate the “before” and “after” scenario of launching the hotlink protection feature.

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We used W3schools HTML editor to test inserting <img> HTML tag. Before enabling the feature, as you can see from the screenshot, there is a “badge-like” image with the letter “D” inside. After enabling the feature, the image is displayed as a broken link.

If you need assistance in enabling hotlink protection, please contact our customer support team.

Overview of cPanel

September 4th, 2012

There are many routine website management tools you need to use in order to maintain your website (e.g. File Manager, FTP program, Email Account Setup, Disk Space Usage, etc.). For this reason, a one-page control panel is an indispensable tool for almost all web hosting plans. cPanel in particular, is the leading control panel interface in the web hosting industry today for its user-friendly interface and customizability. To get a sense of how user-friendly it is to use cPanel, please visit our cPanel Demo page.


cPanel is an icon-driven interface which enhances better navigation behaviour. It is customizable, meaning you can re-locate or even hide certain fields based on your preferences. Check out this video as we walk you through the navigation steps in cPanel!

If you’re on a PHP web hosting plan with us, one of the most attractive features of cPanel is the Softaculous web tool, an automatic script installer which can aid you in the installation of 250 powerful scripts in just a few clicks. For each script, you can find the “See Demo” button and the “Admin Panel” button. As the names suggest, you can view an actual web page installed with the script and also test out the script by logging into the admin page. If you like the script, simply hit the “install” button and the installation proceed automatically, very much like an app installation on your smartphone! Wanna try it out first, check our our Softaculous demo page.

We’ve prepared another video to demonstrate how quick and easy it is to install a script with Softaculous.

If you are currently using Ensim panel or a subscriber to our Basic Hosting plan and would like to upgrade to the Unlimited Hosting Plan with cPanel and Softaculous, please contact our Tech Support through our Live Chat System, Support Ticket System, or Service Hotline. Check out this page for full details!

How to upload and unzip files through the File Manager of your Doteasy cPanel

February 16th, 2012

As mentioned earlier in our blog post, it is very common that online users store their passwords in their FTP programs. Although such practice is very convenient, if their computers are infected with virus, the virus can examine the infected computers and FTP program. Hackers can then access to the FTP program and find the credentials (and you can imagine the rest of the story). Hence, it is strongly recommended NOT to use the “remember passwords” function in FTP program and internet browsers. In this blog post, we will showcase another alternative to prevent passwords stolen.

FTP is a useful tool for transferring files from webmasters’ computers to their websites. Many webmasters choose to upload their files to their websites through FTP program. In fact, in Doteasy’s cPanel, there is another useful tool called File Manager which lets you manage your web files using a web browser rather than a third-party FTP program. The below video tutorial teaches you how to upload and unzip files to your website through File Manager.

 

How to avoid having your passwords stolen

February 13th, 2012

In one of our previous articles, we talked about the importance of regularly updating your online passwords and how to set a good, strong password.  So, now you have a complex password and change it periodically, what’s next?

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Website owners are required to use FTP to upload files to their websites. Many of the FTP programs allow you to store your password. With this feature, you only need to enter your login name and password the first time when you setup the FTP program and will help you connect automatically each time you upload files, without asking you to login again. Although this feature is extremely convenient, it may increase the risk of having your password stolen. If your computer is infected with a virus, the virus can examine your computer and FTP program, and find the username and password to your FTP account.  Hackers can then access to your website files using your login and deface your website.

What to do?

First of all, regularly scan your computer with your anti-virus program.  Secondly, we recommend that you don’t store your passwords in your FTP program or in your internet browsers (in fact, we strongly recommend you using our File Manager in cPanel to upload files to your website) .  This way, your chances of getting your password stolen are greatly reduced.