Hotlinking is an expression that describes the inclusion of images on a given website by using direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wishes to add a number of images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

It shall not require more than a number of clicks to switch on the hotlink security function which we provide even if this is the first hosting account you use, since all of our website hosting come with a quite simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it offers the same intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to select 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 specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you will be able to deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function we offer. While the common method of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can do this automatically and you shall only have to select the website in question and to choose whether our system should generate the necessary file within the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia CP and features the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without problems even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You can turn off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click from exactly the same section.