Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you develop an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they may simply put links straight to your Internet site. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues that could arise or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

Since our Linux hosting packages come with a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to protect your content from showing on third-party websites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. In addition, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and shall include the needed code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within the exact same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.