Hotlinking is a term which describes the addition of images on a particular website via direct links. If you have website A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wants to add a couple of images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images shall load from your web hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It won't require more than several clicks to enable the hotlink security feature that we offer even if this is the very first web hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all our shared website hosting feature a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to enable this function only for a certain site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your approval, you will be able to easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security function that we provide. While the typical technique of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that is able to do this automatically and you will only have to select the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should generate the necessary file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and provides the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without difficulties even when you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to switch off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.