Hotlinking is a term which describes the inclusion of images on a given website via direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and somebody creates site B and wants to add a number of images from your Internet site, they're able to 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. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load directly from your web hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It won't require more than a couple of clicks to switch on the hotlink security function which we provide even if this is the first hosting account that you use, due to the fact that all of our Linux shared hosting include a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the same intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this feature only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers a simple solution to shield your content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with just a few clicks. The conventional approach to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to select the site which you would like to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the required content inside it. You could also use this function for only one folder instead of the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you may deactivate it with one mouse click through the same section of your Control Panel.