What is hotlink protection and how does it work? When do you really need it?
Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a site, some other person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links straight to your website. This way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems that can develop or that someone can be trying to trick people into thinking that they are in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that someone is linking to your files without your consent, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security feature which we offer. While the common method of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can execute this automatically and you'll only need to select the website in question and to determine whether our system should generate the required file in the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia CP and features exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no difficulties even when you have never used any website hosting service before. You'll be able to switch off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.