Hotlinking is an expression which represents the inclusion of images on a particular site using direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and somebody creates website B and wishes to add a few images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images will load straight from your website hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other types of files too. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very user-friendly tool that will allow you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without entering any code. The tool can be accessed from the Hepsia CP, included with all our Linux shared packages and the only 2 things that you will have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll just need to come back to the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.