Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build a site, another person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own site, they may simply put links to your Internet site. In this way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems that may develop or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It will not require more than a couple of clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature that we provide even if this is the 1st website hosting account you use, because all of our Linux shared website hosting come with a quite simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the same intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to enable this feature only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to protect your content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with several clicks. The common way to activate server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives in it. With the tool which you will find inside the Hepsia CP, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to select the Internet site which you intend to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all the necessary content inside it. You could also use this function for just one folder instead of the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you may disable it with a single click via the same exact section of your CP.