Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a site, someone else may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links to your Internet site. That way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues that can appear or that someone could be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It will not require more than several clicks to enable the hotlink security feature we offer you even if this is the 1st hosting account you use, since all of our Linux cloud hosting include a quite simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the very same intuitive point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to enable this function only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you will be able to disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you do not want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your authorization, you could easily switch on the hotlink security function, that's available with all semi-dedicated server plans. Rather than creating an .htaccess file by hand in the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the standard approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceptionally simple tool, that we've incorporated into the Hepsia CP. Using it, you'll only need to select the website that has to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can determine whether the .htaccess file will be created straight within the root folder or within a subfolder, when you want to enable the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the entire site. Deactivating it is just as easy - you'll only need to mark the checkbox next to the respective site and to click on the Delete button.