Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the inclusion of images on a given Internet site by using direct links. If you have website A, for example, and someone creates site B and wishes to include a couple of images from your site, they could either save the images and then add them on their site or they can simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images will load straight from your hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
It will not take more than a number of clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature that we offer you even if this is the very first hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all our Linux web hosting feature a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the very same intuitive point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to enable this feature only for a particular Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your authorization, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function which we provide. While the conventional technique of doing that is to generate an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which is able to execute this automatically and you will simply have to pick the site in question and to choose whether our system should set up the needed file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia CP and provides exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without problems even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to switch off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click from exactly the same section.