Hotlinking is a term that refers to the inclusion of images on a given website via direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wants to include a number of images from your site, they can either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. As a result, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load directly from your hosting account. This approach is usually used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

It shall not take more than a couple of clicks to enable the hotlink security function we offer even if this is the very first website hosting account you use, as all our Linux website hosting include a quite simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it provides the exact same easy-to-use point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to switch on this service only for a certain site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can disable the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and pressing the Delete button.