Hotlinking is a term that represents the addition of images on a particular site through the use of direct links. When you have site A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wishes to include a number of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then include them on their site or they can simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images shall load from your web hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

There's a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very user-friendly tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with a couple of clicks and without typing any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our Linux web hosting and the only 2 things that you will need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else personally on your end. If you decide to deactivate the hotlink protection option eventually, you will simply have to return to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.