Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you develop a website, some other person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links directly to your website. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which could present themselves or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It will not require more than a number of clicks to activate the hotlink security feature we offer even if this is the first web hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all of our shared hosting service come with a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it provides the exact same easy-to-use point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this service only for a particular site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their websites without your approval, you could easily enable the hotlink protection function, that is supplied with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than setting up an .htaccess file by hand in the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the traditional method to deny direct linking to files, you may use a very simple tool, which we have integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. With it, you'll simply need to choose the Internet site that should be secured and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can decide whether the .htaccess file will be set up directly in the root folder or inside a subfolder, in case you'd like to switch on the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the whole site. Disabling it is just as effortless - you'll simply need to mark the checkbox beside the particular website and to click on the Delete button.