Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop a website, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links directly to your website. In this way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that may develop or that someone can be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your website. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily shield 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 shared hosting packages we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be activated in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or within a subfolder and you will be ready. You don't need any coding skills or any experience with this kind of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection at some point, you can see all of the sites which are protected in the very same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each of them.