Hotlinking is a term which represents the inclusion of images on a particular Internet site through the use of direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and a person creates website B and wants to include a few images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images shall load straight from your web hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files too. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their websites without your permission, you can easily activate the hotlink security feature, that's provided with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than creating an .htaccess file manually within the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the common approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an incredibly simple tool, which we have incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. From it, you will only have to pick the website which should be secured and our system shall do the rest. Also, you can determine whether the .htaccess file will be created directly inside the root folder or in a subfolder, in case you would like to enable the hotlink protection function only for some content and not for the entire website. Stopping it is just as easy - you will simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the particular Internet site and to click on the Delete button.