What's hotlink protection and how does it function? When do you really need it?
Hotlinking is a term that describes the addition of images on a given Internet site through the use of direct links. If you have site A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wants to include a few images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images will load from your web hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It shall not require more than a couple of clicks to enable the hotlink security feature which we provide even if this is the first hosting account you use, as all of our Linux cloud hosting
feature a simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the very same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this service only for a specific website folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide an uncomplicated solution to protect your entire content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The standard approach to turn on server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a few directives in it. With the tool that you'll discover within the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all semi-dedicated server
accounts, you'll only need to pick the website which you need to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the required content inside it. You could also use this feature for just one folder instead of the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be active, you could disable it with a single click via the very same section of your CP.