Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop a site, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own site, they can simply put links directly to your Internet site. This way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues that can appear or that someone could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are in fact on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

It shall not take more than several mouse clicks to activate the hotlink security feature we offer even if this is the very first hosting account which you use, because all our Linux cloud hosting come with a simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the exact same intuitive point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this feature only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security feature which we offer. While the standard method of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that is able to do this automatically and you will only need to select the site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the needed file within the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia CP and features the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You can turn off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.