Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the inclusion of images on a particular site using direct links. When you have website A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wants to add a few images from your Internet site, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they may simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images shall load straight from your hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files also. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
Because our Linux cloud service feature a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally just 2 clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to select the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Optionally, you may also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and shall add the required code in it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside the very same section, so that you can disable this service for each of them with a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security feature that we offer you. While the common technique of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that is able to perform this automatically and you shall only need to pick the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should generate the necessary file in the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any complications even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You can deactivate the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click from exactly the same section.