Hotlinking is an expression that describes the addition of images on a particular Internet site by using direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wishes to add a couple of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load straight from your hosting account. This approach is usually used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
There is a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very user-friendly tool that will permit you to enable the protection with just a few clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our Linux cloud hosting and the only 2 things which you will have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll just need to go back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool which we have developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you switch on this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site instead of your actual images. You will only need to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain that your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. If needed, you shall also have the option to activate the function just for a particular subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the function is as easy - get back to the very same section, check the box beside the specific website and then click on the Delete button.