Hotlinking is a term that describes the addition of images on a particular Internet site using direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and someone creates site B and wants to include a couple of images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images will load from your web hosting account. This approach is typically used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

It won't take more than several mouse clicks to activate the hotlink security function which we provide even if this is the 1st website hosting account you use, as all of our cloud website hosting come with a simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the very same intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to activate this service only for a particular Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your authorization, you can easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function which we offer. While the common way to do that is to generate an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can easily perform this automatically and you'll only have to pick the site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the necessary file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our customized Hepsia CP and has exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no issues even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You are able to disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through the same section.