Hotlinking is an expression that represents the inclusion of images on a particular Internet site through direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wants to include a number of images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images will load from your website hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

It will not require more than a couple of clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function we offer even if this is the very first hosting account you use, since all our Linux website hosting packages feature a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it has the same exact intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to activate this feature only for a particular Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can easily deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and clicking on the Delete button.