Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build a website, some other person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their website, they could simply put links directly to your website. In this way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues which can arise or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
It will not require more than a few mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security feature we provide even if this is the 1st hosting account you use, because all our shared website hosting packages include a simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it has the very same intuitive point & click interface. When 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'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this function only for a particular website folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can 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 a simple solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you could benefit from it with just a few clicks. The standard technique to turn on server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives in it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia CP, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to pick the site which you intend to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the necessary content within it. You can also use this function for only one folder instead of the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to deactivate it with a single click from the exact same section of your Control Panel.