Hotlinking is an expression that refers to the inclusion of images on a particular website through direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and a person creates website B and wants to add a few images from your website, they can either save the images and then include them on their website or they can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load directly from your hosting account. This technique is sometimes 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 website hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

It shall not require more than a few clicks to activate the hotlink security feature which we provide even if this is the 1st web hosting account you use, since all of our cloud hosting include a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the very same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to enable this function only for a certain Internet site folder, you've got 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 alongside the given website and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers an effective solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The conventional way to activate server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover inside the Hepsia CP, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to select the website that you intend to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the necessary content within it. You could also use this feature for just one folder instead of the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be switched on, you can deactivate it with one click through the very same section of your Control Panel.