Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the inclusion of images on a particular website through direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wants to add a few images from your site, they can either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This process is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files too. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It won't require more than a couple of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature which we offer you even if this is the first web hosting account that you use, as all of our Linux hosting come with a rather simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it offers the exact same easy-to-use point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to activate this function only for a certain website folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.