Hotlinking is an expression which describes the addition of images on a given Internet site through the use of direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wants to include a number of images from your website, they can either save the images and then add them on their website or they may simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images shall load directly from your hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other types of files too. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It shall not take more than a few mouse clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature we provide even if this is the very first web hosting account that you use, since all our Linux shared website hosting include a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it features the very same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this feature only for a certain site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool which we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Once you switch on this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site in place of your actual images. You will only have to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and pick the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. When necessary, you'll also have the option to activate the function for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is equally easy - return to the exact same section, check the box alongside the specific site and then press the Delete button.