Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a site, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own website, they could simply put links to your website. 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, not to mention the copyright problems which can present themselves or that someone can be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your site. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
It shall not take more than several mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security feature we offer you even if this is the first hosting account that you use, because all of our Linux cloud web hosting service include a quite 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 has the same exact easy-to-use point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this service only for a particular site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We offer an effective solution to shield your content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The usual way for you to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to include a few directives in it. With the tool that you'll discover within the Hepsia CP, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to pick the Internet site which you want to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content in it. You could also use this function for only one folder instead of the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be enabled, you could deactivate it with just one mouse click via the same exact section of your Control Panel.