Hotlinking is a term that describes the addition of images on a particular site using direct links. If you have website A, for example, and a person creates site B and wishes to add a couple of images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load from your web hosting account. This method is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

There's a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally provide a very helpful tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with several clicks and without inputting any code. The tool may be accessed through the Hepsia CP, provided with all our shared hosting packages and the only 2 things that you'll have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to disable the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll only have to return to the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you may easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function that we provide. While the typical method of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can execute this automatically and you will only need to pick the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should create the required file in the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia CP and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no difficulties even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You'll be able to turn off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.