Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own website, they can simply put links straight to your website. That way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems that may present themselves or that someone could be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in 2 basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or within a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You don't need any coding capabilities or any experience with such matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection eventually, you could see all the sites that are protected in the same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.

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