Hotlinking is an expression that describes the addition of images on a given Internet site via direct links. When you have website A, for example, and a person creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your Internet site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Subsequently, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load from your website hosting account. This process is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It will not require more than a number of clicks to switch on the hotlink security function that we offer even if this is the first hosting account which you use, since all our Linux shared website hosting feature a very simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it offers the exact same intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this function only for a certain Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your approval, you can easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature that we offer you. While the typical technique of doing that is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can easily do this automatically and you'll only need to pick the website in question and to choose whether our system should create the necessary file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and features exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no difficulties even when you have never used any hosting service before. You can turn off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the same section.