Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build a site, another person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links to your website. That way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which can develop or that someone could be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

As our Linux cloud hosting packages come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than a couple of clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will just need to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Optionally, you may also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and shall add the needed code inside it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within the same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool we have developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. When you activate this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site instead of your real images. You will only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain which your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. If required, you shall also have the option to activate the feature just for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the function is just as simple - go back to the very same section, check the box beside the specific website and then press the Delete button.