Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create an Internet site, some other person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their site, they can simply put links to your site. That way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which can arise or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your website. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud hosting packages we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be activated in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be all set. You don't need any programming capabilities or any experience with such matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some time, you can see all of the websites which are protected within the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.