Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a website, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links directly to your Internet site. In this way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that could develop or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared hosting plans we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be activated in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or inside a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't require any computer programming capabilities or any experience with such matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection eventually, you will be able to see all of the sites that are protected in the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each of them.