Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links to your website. In this way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which could present themselves or that somebody could be trying to trick people into thinking that they are in fact on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
It will not require more than a number of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection feature which we offer you even if this is the first web hosting account you use, because all our Linux cloud website hosting packages feature a simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the exact same intuitive point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to activate this function only for a certain site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you will be able to disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and pressing the Delete button.