Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build a site, someone else may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links directly to your website. This way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues that could arise or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It won't take more than a number of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature that we offer even if this is the first website hosting account that you use, since all our shared web hosting services come with a quite 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 Control Panel, so it offers the exact same intuitive point-and-click interface. After 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 you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this feature only for a certain site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

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