Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build a website, another person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links to your Internet site. That way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that can arise or that someone could be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all hosting packages we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be turned on in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or in a subfolder and you shall be all set. You don't need any coding expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection at some point, you can see all the sites which are protected inside the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool we've created and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you enable this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site rather than your real images. You will only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. If needed, you shall also have the option to activate the feature just for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is just as easy - go back to the exact same section, check the box alongside the given website and then press the Delete button.