Hotlinking is a term that represents the inclusion of images on a given Internet site by using direct links. When you have website A, for example, and a person creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they can simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load straight from your hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It shall not take more than several clicks to enable the hotlink security feature which we provide even if this is the very first website hosting account which you use, because all our Linux hosting services include a simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the same 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 need to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this function only for a specific website folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can easily deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide an effective solution to secure your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with a few clicks. The common technique to activate server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives within it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia CP, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to select the website that you would like to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the required content within it. You can even use this function for just one folder instead of the entire website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be enabled, you can deactivate it with a single click from the very same section of your CP.