Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build a site, someone else may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links directly to your website. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that can develop or that somebody may be trying to trick people into thinking that they are in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
It will not require more than several clicks to enable the hotlink security function which we offer you even if this is the very first web hosting account you use, because all our Linux web hosting come with a simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it provides the same exact easy-to-use point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this feature only for a specific website folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool we have designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Once you switch on this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site in place of your real images. You'll only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain your Internet site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as elementary as that. If needed, you'll also have the option to enable the feature only for a particular subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the feature is as easy - get back to the exact same section, check the box next to the given website and then press the Delete button.