Hotlinking is an expression which describes the addition of images on a particular website using direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and somebody creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

It won't take more than a couple of clicks to enable the hotlink protection function which we offer you even if this is the first website hosting account which you use, because all our Linux cloud packages come with a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the same exact easy-to-use point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to enable this feature only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature we offer you. While the conventional technique of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can easily execute this automatically and you will only have to choose the website in question and to choose whether our system should generate the required file in the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia CP and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any issues even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You'll be able to deactivate the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through the same section.