Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a website, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links straight to your website. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that can arise or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
It shall not require more than a couple of clicks to enable the hotlink security function which we offer even if this is the very first web hosting account that you use, because all our web hosting come with a rather simple and easy to work with 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 features the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this service only for a specific Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and pressing the Delete button.