Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop an Internet site, some other person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links straight to your Internet site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which can arise or that someone can be trying to trick people into thinking that they are actually on your site. In rare situations, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
It shall not require more than a couple of clicks to activate the hotlink security function that we offer even if this is the 1st hosting account which you use, because all of our Linux website hosting services come with a rather simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the same intuitive point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this function only for a certain site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you will be able to turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Once you switch on this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website as a substitute for your actual images. You will only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and pick the domain or subdomain which your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. If needed, you'll also have the option to enable the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the function is equally simple - go back to the very same section, check the box alongside the given website and then press the Delete button.