Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build a site, somebody else may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links to your website. In this way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which could develop or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into believing that they're 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 permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
It will not require more than a number of clicks to enable the hotlink security function which we offer you even if this is the first website hosting account you use, because all of our Linux shared web hosting packages come with a simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it provides the very same intuitive point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this service only for a particular Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function which we provide. While the standard technique of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can execute this automatically and you will simply have to pick the site in question and to determine whether our system should create the necessary file in the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia CP and provides exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without problems even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You are able to deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.