Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop a site, somebody 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 could simply put links directly to your site. This way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which could present themselves or that someone could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

It won't require more than a few clicks to switch on the hotlink security function which we provide even if this is the very first web hosting account you use, since all our cloud hosting plans include a rather simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the exact same easy-to-use point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this function only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function that we offer. While the standard technique of doing that is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which is able to perform this automatically and you shall simply have to pick the site in question and to choose whether our system should set up the required file inside the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia CP and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any problems even when you have never used any website hosting service before. You could turn off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.