Hotlinking is a term which represents the addition of images on a particular Internet site via direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wants to add a couple of images from your site, they could either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their site 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, as the images will load straight from your website hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other types of files also. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It shall not require more than several mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature that we offer you even if this is the 1st web hosting account which you use, since all our hosting plans come with a quite simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it provides the same intuitive point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this service only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide a simple solution to shield your whole content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with just a few clicks. The conventional technique to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives in it. With the tool that you'll find in the Hepsia CP, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to choose the site which you intend to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content in it. You could also use this option for just one folder instead of the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you'll be able to deactivate it with one click from the exact same section of your CP.