Hotlinking is an expression which describes the inclusion of images on a given Internet site using direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wishes to add a number of images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they may simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images will load straight from your web hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

It shall not take more than a number of clicks to activate the hotlink security function we offer even if this is the 1st web hosting account that you use, as all our website hosting packages include a simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the same intuitive point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to select the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to switch on this service only for a certain website folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you will be able to deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and pressing the Delete button.