Hotlinking is a largely 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 which you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own site, they may simply put links directly to your Internet site. In this way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that can appear or that somebody can be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
It shall not require more than a couple of clicks to enable the hotlink protection function we offer even if this is the first hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all our website hosting include a very simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the exact same intuitive point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to enable this feature only for a particular website folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you will be able to turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your approval, you will be able to easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature we provide. While the typical method of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that is able to do this automatically and you will only have to select the website in question and to determine whether our system should set up the necessary file in the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia CP and features exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no difficulties even when you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to turn off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the same section.