Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build an Internet site, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own website, they could simply put links directly to your website. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that may present themselves or that someone may be trying to deceive people into believing that they are in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

There is a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also provide a very intuitive tool that will permit you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia CP, offered with all our Linux shared website hosting and the only two things which you will need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll simply have to go back to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer an effective solution to secure your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The common technique to activate server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool which you will find within the Hepsia CP, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to choose the website which you would like to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the essential content in it. You can even use this function for only one folder rather than the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be switched on, you'll be able to deactivate it with one click via the same exact section of your Control Panel.