Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a site, some other person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own site, they can simply put links to your site. That way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that could arise or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It won't take more than a few mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection function we offer you even if this is the very first website hosting account you use, because all of our Linux shared hosting feature a very simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the very same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this function only for a certain Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers an effective solution to secure your content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The standard technique to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives within it. With the tool which you'll discover inside the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to pick the website which you want to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content in it. You can even use this function for only one folder instead of the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you may disable it with one click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.