Hotlinking is an expression that represents the addition of images on a particular site via direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and someone creates website 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 site or they could simply place 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 site A, since the images shall load straight from your hosting account. This method is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It won't take more than a number of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink protection function we provide even if this is the very first hosting account that you use, because all our Linux hosting feature a simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the same easy-to-use point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this service only for a specific Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you will be able to deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool that we have designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. As soon as you enable this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site instead of your actual images. You will only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section in the CP and choose the domain or subdomain your site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as elementary as that. If necessary, you'll also have the option to enable the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the feature is just as easy - get back to the very same section, check the box next to the specific site and then press the Delete button.