Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a website, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they could simply put links straight to your Internet site. In this way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which may appear or that someone could be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your website. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very intuitive tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our web hosting and the only two things which you will have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else personally on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll just have to return to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.