Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create an Internet site, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their site, they can simply put links directly to your Internet site. That way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that could present themselves or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they are actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared web hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be turned on in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You don't need any computer programming skills or any experience with such matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection eventually, you can see all of the sites that are protected within the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each of them.