Hotlinking is an expression that describes the inclusion of images on a given Internet site through direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and a person creates website B and wants to include a couple of images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images shall load from your web hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
It shall not take more than a number of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink protection function we offer even if this is the very first web hosting account which you use, as all our shared hosting come with a simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the exact same intuitive point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to enable this service only for a certain website folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and pressing the Delete button.