Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a site, some other person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their site, they may simply put links to your Internet site. This way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems which can arise or that someone can be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your site. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
Since our Linux website hosting packages provide a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally just two mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you will only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Furthermore, you could also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and shall include the needed code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in exactly the same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool which we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you activate this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site rather than your real images. You'll only need to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and pick the domain or subdomain your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. If required, you shall also have the option to enable the function only for a specific subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the feature is as effortless - get back to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the given Internet site and then click on the Delete button.