Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the addition of images on a given Internet site through direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and a person creates site B and wishes to add a couple of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
It won't require more than a number of clicks to switch on the hotlink security function that we provide even if this is the very first website hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all our Linux shared website hosting feature a quite simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it provides the same exact easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this function only for a certain website folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you will be able to turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.