Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop an Internet site, some other person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their Internet site, they could simply put links directly to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that may present themselves or that someone may be trying to trick people into thinking that they are in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It will not require more than a number of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink protection function we offer you even if this is the very first website hosting account you use, because all of our shared hosting feature a rather simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it has the same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this function only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you can easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security feature that we provide. While the typical way to do this is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which is able to perform this automatically and you will only need to choose the website in question and to determine whether our system should generate the required file within the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia CP and has the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without complications even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to switch off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from exactly the same section.