Hotlinking is an expression that refers to the inclusion of images on a given site through the use of direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wishes to include a couple of images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they may simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load directly from your hosting account. This method is sometimes used for documents and other types of files too. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
There is a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also give you a very helpful tool that will allow you to enable the protection with just a few clicks and without typing any code. The tool can be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our web hosting and the only two things that you'll have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else personally on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option at some point, you will just need to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.