Hotlinking is a term which refers to the inclusion of images on a particular site using direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and somebody creates website B and wants to include a few images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their site or they can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images shall load directly from your hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It will not take more than several clicks to switch on the hotlink security function which we offer you even if this is the 1st hosting account which you use, because all our shared web hosting come with a quite simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the exact same intuitive point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this function only for a specific Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and clicking on the Delete button.