Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a site, some other person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their site, they can simply put links straight to your site. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that may present themselves or that someone could be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be turned on in two easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the main folder or inside a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You do not need any computer programming skills or any experience with this kind of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection eventually, you could see all the sites which are protected within the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool that we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. As soon as you switch on this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website as a substitute for your actual images. You'll only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. If necessary, you will also have the option to activate the feature only for a particular subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is as simple - return to the exact same section, check the box beside the particular Internet site and then press the Delete button.