Hotlinking is a widely 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 that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their website, they could simply put links straight to your site. This way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that could present themselves or that somebody may be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
As our Linux shared hosting provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally just two mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. In addition, you can also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will include the necessary code in it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in exactly the same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.