Hotlinking is a term which identifies the addition of images on a given site using direct links. When you have site A, for example, and a person creates site B and wishes to add a couple of images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images shall load from your website hosting account. This process is usually used for documents and other types of files also. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all web hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be turned on in 2 simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the main folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't need any coding skills or any experience with this type of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection eventually, you will be able to see all the websites that are protected in the same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you can easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature we offer you. While the typical technique of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you'll only have to choose the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the required file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia CP and has exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any problems even in case you have never used any web hosting service before. You are able to deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click from exactly the same section.