Hotlinking is a term which refers to the inclusion of images on a particular site via direct links. When you have website A, for example, and a person creates website B and wishes to include a couple of images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load from your hosting account. This process is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files as well. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It won't take more than a couple of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security feature that we provide even if this is the first hosting account you use, because all our cloud hosting services include a quite simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it features the exact same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to enable this feature only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Our company offers an effective solution to protect your whole content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you could benefit from it with several clicks. The standard technique to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a few directives in it. With the tool that you'll discover inside the Hepsia CP, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to select the Internet site which you need to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all the required content inside it. You can also use this function for only one folder as opposed to the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be switched on, you may disable it with just one click through the very same section of your Control Panel.