Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop a website, someone else may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own website, they can simply put links directly to your Internet site. In this way, when a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that may develop or that somebody can be trying to trick people into thinking that they are in fact on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

There is a way to avoid 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 easy-to-use tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia CP, included with all our Linux shared web hosting and the only 2 things which you will need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to disable the hotlink protection option at one point, you will only have to come back to the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you don't want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you can easily switch on the hotlink security feature, that's available with all semi-dedicated server packages. As an alternative to setting up an .htaccess file yourself in the website folder and writing some code in it, which is the traditional method to deny direct linking to files, you can use a very simple tool, that we have integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. With it, you'll only have to choose the site that has to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Optionally, you can choose whether the .htaccess file should be generated straight inside the root folder or within a subfolder, if you want to activate the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole website. Stopping it is just as easy - you'll only have to mark the checkbox next to the respective site and to click on the Delete button.