Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links straight to your Internet site. That way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems that may develop or that someone can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

It will not take more than a few mouse clicks to activate the hotlink security function which we offer you even if this is the first web hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all of our Linux cloud web hosting plans come with a quite simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the same exact easy-to-use point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this service only for a certain Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to 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 someone is linking to your files without your consent, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function which we offer you. While the conventional method of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can execute this automatically and you'll simply have to select the website in question and to choose whether our system should set up the required file in the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia CP and provides exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no difficulties even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You may deactivate the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from exactly the same section.