Hotlinking is a term that describes the inclusion of images on a particular site via direct links. When you have site A, for example, and somebody creates site B and wishes to add a couple of images from your website, they can either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images will load directly from your hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other types of files as well. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

It will not require more than a number of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security function which we offer you even if this is the 1st hosting account which you use, because all of our Linux cloud website hosting feature a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the same exact easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this function only for a certain Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

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