Hotlinking is a term that represents the addition of images on a given Internet site through the use of direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wants to add a few images from your site, they can either save the images and then include them on their website or they can 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, because the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This method is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It won't require more than several clicks to switch on the hotlink security function that we offer even if this is the first website hosting account that you use, because all our hosting include a rather simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the same exact easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to activate this service only for a certain Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.