Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop a site, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own site, they can simply put links to your site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which may arise or that somebody could be trying to trick people into thinking that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

It shall not take more than a couple of mouse clicks to activate the hotlink security function which we provide even if this is the first hosting account you use, as all of our cloud web hosting packages include a quite simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it provides the same intuitive point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this service only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want others to use your images on their sites without your consent, you could easily switch on the hotlink protection feature, which is available with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than generating an .htaccess file by hand inside the Internet site folder and writing some code within it, which is the common approach to deny direct linking to files, you may use a really simple tool, which we have incorporated into the Hepsia CP. From it, you'll only have to choose the website that needs to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can determine if the .htaccess file should be generated straight in the root folder or inside a subfolder, in case you'd like to activate the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Stopping it is just as easy - you'll only have to mark the checkbox next to the respective site and to click on the Delete button.