Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a website, somebody else may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they could simply put links straight to your site. In this way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which may appear or that someone can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are actually on your site. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

Due to the fact that our Linux shared web hosting provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from appearing on third-party sites with literally no more than two clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this type of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Optionally, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and shall add the required code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in the very same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your approval, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security function which we offer. While the common technique of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that is able to perform this automatically and you will only need to pick the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should create the needed file in the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia CP and has exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without issues even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You could switch off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click from exactly the same section.