Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a website, some other person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links straight to your Internet site. That way, when a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which could arise or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide an effective solution to secure your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The conventional way for you to activate server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives within it. With the tool which you'll find within the Hepsia CP, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to select the site which you intend to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the required content inside it. You can also use this option for only one folder instead of the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be switched on, you could disable it with just one click from the very same section of your Control Panel.