Hotlinking is an expression which describes the addition of images on a given site via direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wants to include a few images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they may simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images will load from your hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other types of files as well. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you can limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There's a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very easy-to-use tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our cloud hosting and the only two things that you'll need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to deactivate the hotlink protection option sometime, you will just need to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool that we have developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you switch on this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site as a substitute for your real images. You'll only have to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. If needed, you will also have the option to activate the function for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the protection is just as simple - return to exactly the same section, check the box next to the given site and then press the Delete button.