Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a site, another person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links directly to your Internet site. This way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that could appear or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your website. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

There is a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also offer a very easy-to-use tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without inputting any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our Linux shared hosting packages and the only two things that you'll need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection needs to be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you want to deactivate the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll just need to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you will be able to easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature which we provide. While the regular method of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that can easily execute this automatically and you will simply have to pick the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should create the required file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and provides the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without difficulties even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You'll be able to deactivate the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click through the exact same section.