Hotlinking is an expression which describes the addition of images on a given site using direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wishes to add a few images from your website, they can either save the images and then add them on their website or they can simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other types of files as well. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

It won't require more than a few mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection function which we offer you even if this is the very first web hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all our Linux web hosting include a simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the same exact intuitive point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to enable this service only for a certain website folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you can disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their sites without your authorization, you can easily activate the hotlink security function, which is provided with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than generating an .htaccess file manually in the Internet site folder and writing some code within it, which is the standard way to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceedingly simple tool, that we have incorporated into the Hepsia CP. By using it, you'll only need to select the Internet site which should be protected and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can choose if the .htaccess file should be created directly inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, when you want to activate the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Stopping it is just as simple - you'll only need to mark the checkbox beside the particular Internet site and to click on the Delete button.