Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create a site, another person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their website, they may simply put links straight to your Internet site. That way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems which could present themselves or that someone can be trying to trick people into thinking that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It shall not take more than a number of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function that we offer even if this is the very first web hosting account you use, because all our Linux shared hosting packages come with a simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it has the exact same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this service only for a specific website folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your consent, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection function we provide. While the common way to do this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can easily perform this automatically and you will simply have to select the site in question and to choose whether our system should generate the required file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia CP and features exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without problems even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You can switch off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the same section.