Hotlinking is an expression that represents the inclusion of images on a particular site by using direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wishes to include a number of images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load directly from your hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
It won't require more than a couple of clicks to enable the hotlink security feature which we provide even if this is the 1st hosting account that you use, because all our shared web hosting plans include a quite simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it provides the same exact intuitive point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to activate this function only for a certain website 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 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 someone has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool we have developed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Once you switch on this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site as a substitute for your real images. You will only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain which your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. If needed, you'll also have the option to switch on the feature just for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is equally simple - go back to the very same section, check the box next to the particular site and then click on the Delete button.