Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a site, someone else may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they could simply put links to your Internet site. In this way, when a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that can appear or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud website hosting package deals that we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be activated in two easy steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the main folder or within a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't require any computer programming expertise or any experience with such matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection at some point, you can see all the websites which are protected within the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that somebody is linking to your files without your consent, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function we offer. While the regular way to do that is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can execute this automatically and you will simply have to pick the website in question and to choose whether our system should set up the required file in the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia CP and has exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without problems even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.