Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create a site, some other person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their site, they can simply put links directly to your site. This way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which may present themselves or that somebody may be trying to trick people into thinking that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other types 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 site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

There's a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very helpful tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with several clicks and without typing any code. The tool can be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our Linux cloud web hosting plans and the only 2 things that you will need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection should be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else manually on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you will just have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you switch on this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site as a substitute for your real images. You'll only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as elementary as that. If needed, you shall also have the option to activate the feature only for a specific subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the protection is just as effortless - return to the exact same section, check the box next to the given site and then press the Delete button.