Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create a website, another person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own website, they could simply put links directly to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which can arise or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into believing that they are in fact on your website. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

There's a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also offer a very user-friendly tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with a couple of clicks and without inputting any code. The tool can be accessed via the Hepsia CP, included with all our shared hosting and the only two things which you will need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else personally on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option at one point, you will just have to return to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool that we have created and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you enable this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site rather than your actual images. You'll only need to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and select the domain or subdomain that your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. When necessary, you'll also have the option to enable the function for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the function is as effortless - go back to the exact same section, check the box alongside the particular website and then press the Delete button.