What is hotlink protection and exactly how does it function? When do you really need it?
Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create a website, someone else may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links to your website. That way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which could develop or that someone could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It shall not require more than a few clicks to activate the hotlink protection function that we provide even if this is the first hosting account which you use, as all our cloud plans come with a very simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it has the exact same intuitive point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to switch on this function only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and pressing the Delete button.