Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a site, some other person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they could simply put links straight to your website. This way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which can present themselves or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they are actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It shall not take more than a number of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection feature we offer even if this is the first website hosting account that you use, due to the fact that all our Linux hosting packages come with a simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it has the same easy-to-use point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to enable this function only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you will be able to deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and pressing the Delete button.