Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a site, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their site, they may simply put links straight to your site. That way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that could develop or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your website. In rare instances, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It will not take more than several clicks to enable the hotlink security feature we offer even if this is the very first web hosting account you use, due to the fact that all our shared website hosting plans feature a quite simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the same exact intuitive point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to select the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this function only for a certain site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you will be able to disable the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide an effective solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The common way for you to turn on server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool which you'll discover within the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to choose the site that you want to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all the needed content inside it. You could also use this function for just one folder instead of the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be switched on, you'll be able to disable it with just one mouse click via the same section of your Control Panel.