Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop an Internet site, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links straight to your site. This way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems which can arise or that someone could be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud hosting package deals we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be enabled in 2 easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or inside a subfolder and you'll be all set. You do not need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to disable the protection at some time, you can see all of the websites which are protected in the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function which we offer you. While the standard technique of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can perform this automatically and you will simply have to choose the site in question and to determine whether our system should generate the necessary file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia CP and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You may disable the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.