Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create a site, someone else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they could simply put links directly to your site. That way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that can arise or that somebody can be trying to trick people into believing that they are actually on your site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
It will not take more than a couple of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection feature we offer even if this is the 1st website hosting account which you use, since all our shared hosting plans include a very simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the exact same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this service only for a particular Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you will be able to deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide an uncomplicated solution to shield your content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with just a few clicks. The standard approach to enable server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives in it. With the tool which you will find in the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to choose the Internet site that you would like to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the essential content in it. You can even use this option for just one folder rather than the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be active, you could disable it with one click via the very same section of your Control Panel.