Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a site, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links directly to your site. In this way, each 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 arise or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into believing that they are in fact on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It won't require more than a number of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security function we provide even if this is the 1st web hosting account which you use, because all our Linux shared web hosting packages feature a quite simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the same intuitive point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to enable this service only for a specific website folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want others to use your images on their sites without your permission, you may easily enable the hotlink protection function, that is offered with all semi-dedicated server packages. Instead of setting up an .htaccess file manually within the site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the conventional way to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceptionally simple tool, which we've incorporated into the Hepsia CP. From it, you'll only need to pick the Internet site which should be secured and our system will do the rest. Additionally, you can decide if the .htaccess file needs to be created straight inside the root folder or within a subfolder, if you would like to activate the hotlink protection feature just for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Disabling it is just as simple - you will simply need to mark the checkbox beside the specific website and to click on the Delete button.