Hotlinking is a term that represents the addition of images on a given site using direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates site B and wants to add a few images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they may simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load straight from your hosting account. This process is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files as well. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It won't require more than several mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink security function which we provide even if this is the 1st hosting account which you use, because all our Linux shared hosting feature a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it has the exact same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this feature only for a particular Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you will be able to deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.