Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the addition of images on a particular site by using direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and a person creates site B and wishes to include a few images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load from your web hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

There's a simple way to avoid the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very intuitive tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool can be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our shared hosting and the only two things that you'll need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you want to disable the hotlink protection option eventually, you will only have to go back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool which we have developed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Once you activate this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site instead of your real images. You will only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain which your Internet site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. If necessary, you'll also have the option to switch on the function for a specific subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the function is just as simple - return to the same section, check the box beside the specific site and then click on the Delete button.