Hotlinking is a widely 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 instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they could simply put links to your site. This way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which can arise or that someone can be trying to trick people into thinking that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

It won't take more than a couple of mouse clicks to activate the hotlink security feature we offer even if this is the very first hosting account that you use, as all our Linux cloud web hosting include a very simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the exact same intuitive point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this feature only for a specific website folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers an effective solution to shield your content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with several mouse clicks. The conventional technique to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives within it. With the tool which you will find inside the Hepsia CP, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to select the site that you intend to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the needed content in it. You can also use this feature for only one folder instead of the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be active, you can disable it with just one click from the very same section of your Control Panel.