Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the inclusion of images on a particular website through direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wishes to include a couple of images from your website, they can either save the images and then add them on their website or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, every 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 method is usually used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you'd 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 websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

It shall not take more than a couple of clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature which we offer you even if this is the very first web hosting account you use, as all our web hosting include a quite 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 Control Panel, so it offers the same intuitive point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this function only for a specific Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you will be able to turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.