Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the addition of images on a given Internet site through the use of direct links. When you have site A, for example, and someone creates website B and wants to include a few images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images will load straight from your website hosting account. This technique is usually 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 can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
It will not take more than a couple of clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function which we provide even if this is the very first website hosting account that you use, because all our hosting include a very simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it features the same exact intuitive point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this service only for a particular Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and pressing the Delete button.