Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build an Internet site, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links directly to your Internet site. In this way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which can appear or that someone can be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all website hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be activated in two basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or within a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't require any programming capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection eventually, you could see all of the Internet sites that are protected inside the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.