Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop a website, another person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links straight to your site. This way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems which may arise or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into believing that they are in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It will not take more than several mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature we offer even if this is the very first hosting account you use, because all our Linux shared website hosting packages feature a rather simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it has the same exact easy-to-use point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this feature only for a specific Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.