Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links directly to your site. That way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems which can present themselves or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
It shall not require more than a number of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function we provide even if this is the first website hosting account that you use, as all of our cloud website hosting plans include a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it provides the same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to enable this function only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.