Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the inclusion of images on a given website via direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and an individual creates website B and wishes to include a couple of images from your website, they can either save the images and then add them on their website or they could simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images shall load from your website hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
There's a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also give you a very time and effort saving tool that will permit you to enable the protection with several clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia CP, offered with all our Linux shared website hosting packages and the only 2 things that you will need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you will only have to return to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool we've designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you enable this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website rather than your real images. You will only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain which your site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as elementary as that. If required, you'll also have the option to activate the feature for a specific subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the protection is as easy - return to the exact same section, check the box beside the given site and then click on the Delete button.