Hotlinking is a term which describes the inclusion of images on a given Internet site via direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wants to include a few images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images shall load straight from your website hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files also. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It will not require more than a couple of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature which we offer you even if this is the 1st hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all of our hosting feature a rather simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this function only for a certain website folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to protect your entire content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The conventional way to activate server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a few directives in it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to choose the Internet site which you want to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the required content inside it. You can also use this feature for only one folder rather than the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be switched on, you can disable it with just one click from the very same section of your CP.