Hotlinking is an expression that describes the inclusion of images on a given site using direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and a person creates website B and wants to add a few images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they could simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images will load from your web hosting account. This approach is usually used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It will not require more than several clicks to switch on the hotlink security function we provide even if this is the first website hosting account that you use, since all our Linux shared website hosting packages include a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the same easy-to-use point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this service only for a particular Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.