Hotlinking is a term that refers to the addition of images on a particular website using direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wants to add a number of images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply put 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, because the images shall load from your hosting account. This method is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very helpful tool that will allow you to enable the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia CP, provided with all our shared plans and the only 2 things that you'll have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection needs to be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option eventually, you will just need to return to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool we've designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. As soon as you activate this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website rather than your real images. You'll only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and select the domain or subdomain your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. If required, you will also have the option to activate the feature for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the function is equally simple - get back to exactly the same section, check the box beside the specific Internet site and then click on the Delete button.