What's the purpose of hotlink protection? How does it work and when is it recommended to activate it?
Hotlinking is an expression that represents the inclusion of images on a particular website through direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates site B and wants to include a few images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Subsequently, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images will load from your hosting account. This method is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
It will not require more than several clicks to enable the hotlink security feature we provide even if this is the first web hosting account that you use, because all of our shared web hosting service
come with a simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the same exact easy-to-use point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to enable this function only for a certain website folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you will be able to deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you open a semi-dedicated server
account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your consent, you can easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection feature which we offer. While the standard method of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can do this automatically and you'll only have to select the site in question and to decide whether our system should create the necessary file in the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia CP and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no problems even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You could turn off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click from exactly the same section.