Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create a website, someone else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links directly to your site. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that can appear or that somebody may be trying to trick people into thinking that they're actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
It won't take more than a couple of clicks to enable the hotlink security function that we offer even if this is the first website hosting account that you use, due to the fact that all of our hosting feature a quite simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the very same intuitive point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to enable this service only for a certain Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature that we offer you. While the standard technique of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that can do this automatically and you will simply have to pick the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should generate the needed file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia CP and provides the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without complications even if you have never used any hosting service before. You could turn off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.