Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they could simply put links to your website. In this way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which may arise or that someone can be trying to deceive people into believing that they are in fact on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

It shall not take more than several mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection function that we provide even if this is the 1st website hosting account you use, since all our Linux web hosting include a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it features the same exact intuitive point-and-click interface. Once 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 that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this feature only for a particular website folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.