Hotlinking is a term that identifies the addition of images on a given Internet site using direct links. If you have website A, for example, and a person creates site B and wishes to add a few images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load from your web hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
As our Linux shared hosting come with a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will just have to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Furthermore, you may also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and shall include the needed code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your approval, you will be able to easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security function we offer. While the standard way to do this is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can perform this automatically and you will simply have to pick the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should create the necessary file in the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and provides exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any problems even if you have never used any hosting service before. You can disable the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.