Hotlinking is a term which describes the addition of images on a given site via direct links. If you have website A, for example, and an individual creates website B and wishes to add a couple of images from your website, they are 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. Consequently, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load from your hosting account. This process is usually used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It will not require more than a couple of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink protection function that we offer you even if this is the first website hosting account you use, because all our Linux cloud packages come with a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it features the same exact intuitive point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to switch on this service only for a specific website folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you will be able to turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool that we have developed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Whenever you activate this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site instead of your real images. You'll only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section within the CP and choose the domain or subdomain your website uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. If needed, you shall also have the option to switch on the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the protection is equally simple - return to the same section, check the box alongside the specific site and then click on the Delete button.