What's the aim of hotlink protection? How does it function and in which cases is it useful to use it?
Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create an Internet site, some other person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own website, they could simply put links to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems which can develop or that somebody may be trying to trick people into thinking that they are actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
Because our Linux website hosting packages come with a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally no more than 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you may also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and shall add the required code inside it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within exactly the same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.