Hotlinking is an expression that represents the inclusion of images on a particular site by using direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and somebody creates site B and wants to include a few images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

It shall not require more than a couple of clicks to switch on the hotlink security function which we offer even if this is the very first website hosting account that you use, since all our Linux cloud web hosting packages come with a simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the very same intuitive point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to activate this feature only for a specific website folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.