Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build an Internet site, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links directly to your site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems which could develop or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be activated in two basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the primary folder or in a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with this type of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection eventually, you could see all the sites which are protected within the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your consent, you could easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security function we offer you. While the regular way to do that is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that is able to perform this automatically and you will only need to choose the website in question and to determine whether our system should set up the needed file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia CP and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no complications even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You are able to disable the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.