Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build an Internet site, another person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links to your site. 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, along with the copyright problems that may appear or that someone can be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
It will not take more than a number of clicks to activate the hotlink security function which we offer even if this is the first website hosting account which you use, because all our web hosting plans come with a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it features the very same intuitive point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this feature only for a particular Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection feature we provide. While the standard method of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily perform this automatically and you'll simply have to choose the site in question and to choose whether our system should create the necessary file within the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia CP and features the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any problems even in case you have never used any web hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.