Hotlinking is a term that represents the addition of images on a given Internet site through the use of direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wishes to include a few images from your site, they could either save the images and then include them on their site or they can simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images shall load straight from your hosting account. This process is usually used for documents and other types of files as well. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

It will not require more than a few clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function we offer you even if this is the first web hosting account you use, due to the fact that all our Linux web hosting come with a very simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the same easy-to-use point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this service only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your approval, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature we provide. While the typical way to do that is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that is able to do this automatically and you shall simply have to choose the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should create the necessary file in the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and features the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without issues even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You can disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click from exactly the same section.