Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a site, someone else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links directly to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which can present themselves or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It will not require more than a number of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security feature that we offer you even if this is the 1st hosting account which you use, since all our Linux cloud packages come with a simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it offers the same easy-to-use point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to switch on this service only for a particular site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you will be able to turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool which we have created and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. As soon as you enable this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site instead of your real images. You will only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section within the CP and pick the domain or subdomain your Internet site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. If required, you shall also have the option to switch on the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is just as simple - go back to the exact same section, check the box next to the given website and then press the Delete button.