Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop a website, someone else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links to your Internet site. That way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that may present themselves or that someone may be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It will not take more than several clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature we offer you even if this is the 1st hosting account you use, due to the fact that all our Linux shared hosting come with a quite simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it has the same exact easy-to-use 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 need to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this function only for a certain site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you will be able to disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you can easily switch on the hotlink security feature, that's provided with all semi-dedicated server plans. Instead of setting up an .htaccess file by hand in the Internet site folder and writing some code within it, which is the common way to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceedingly simple tool, that we have integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. From it, you will only need to pick the site which should be secured and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can decide if the .htaccess file will be set up straight in the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you'd like to activate the hotlink protection feature only for some content and not for the entire site. Stopping it is just as fast - you will only have to mark the checkbox alongside the specific website and to click on the Delete button.