Hotlinking is a term that identifies the addition of images on a particular Internet site by using direct links. When you have website A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wishes to include a number of images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they could simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load directly from your website hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It won't take more than a few clicks to activate the hotlink security function we offer you even if this is the very first web hosting account you use, because all our Linux shared website hosting packages feature a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it offers the same exact intuitive point & click interface. After 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 that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this service only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.