What exactly is hotlink protection and just how does it work? When do you really need such?
Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they could simply put links directly to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that could appear or that someone can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
Since our Linux website hosting come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from showing on third-party sites with literally no more than a couple of clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Optionally, you can also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and will include the needed code inside it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside the very same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with a click.