Hotlinking is an expression which represents the addition of images on a particular website via direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images will load directly from your hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function that we offer you. While the standard way to do this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you'll simply have to pick the site in question and to decide whether our system should generate the required file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia CP and provides the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no difficulties even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to switch off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.