Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build an Internet site, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own website, they could simply put links to your site. That way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which could present themselves or that somebody may be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your site. In rare occasions, 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 enable hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all website hosting packages we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be turned on in two basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the primary folder or within a subfolder and you will be ready. You don't need any coding capabilities or any experience with this type of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some point, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites which are protected within the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each one of them.