What exactly is hotlink protection and exactly how does it work? When do you really need such?
Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop a site, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links to your website. This way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues that could arise or that someone can be trying to trick people into thinking that they're actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
Since our Linux shared website hosting
come with a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than two mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Furthermore, you could also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and shall include the necessary code within it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed inside the very same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with just a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server
account with our company and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the protection tool we've created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you activate this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site rather than your actual images. You will only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and choose the domain or subdomain your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. When necessary, you shall also have the option to activate the function for a particular subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the function is as effortless - return to the same section, check the box alongside the given website and then click on the Delete button.