Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build a site, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links directly to your site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems which may appear or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
It will not take more than a number of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature that we offer even if this is the very first web hosting account that you use, since all our Linux shared hosting feature a very simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it features the same intuitive point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to enable this feature only for a particular website folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their websites without your consent, you may easily activate the hotlink protection feature, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server plans. As an alternative to setting up an .htaccess file yourself in the site folder and writing some code within it, which is the traditional approach to deny direct linking to files, you may use a very simple tool, which we've incorporated into the Hepsia CP. Using it, you'll only need to select the website which should be protected and our system will do the rest. Additionally, you can determine whether the .htaccess file will be set up straight in the root folder or inside a subfolder, in case you would like to activate the hotlink protection feature only for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Disabling it is just as fast - you'll only need to mark the checkbox beside the specific site and to click on the Delete button.