Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create an Internet site, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they could simply put links to your website. That way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues that can arise or that someone can be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

It will not take more than a couple of mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection function we provide even if this is the first website hosting account you use, because all of our Linux cloud website hosting feature a very simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the very same intuitive point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this service only for a particular Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool that we have developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Whenever you switch on this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site in place of your actual images. You will only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and pick the domain or subdomain your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as elementary as that. If needed, you'll also have the option to switch on the function just for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the feature is equally simple - return to the exact same section, check the box beside the specific Internet site and then press the Delete button.