Hotlinking is a term which represents the addition of images on a given website using direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wants to add a number of images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load from your website hosting account. This process is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It will not require more than a few mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature which we provide even if this is the very first web hosting account that you use, since all our cloud hosting plans include a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it provides the exact same intuitive point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this function only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and pressing the Delete button.