What's the goal of hotlink protection? How does it work and when is it useful to use it?
Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a website, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links directly to your Internet site. This way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which could appear or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
It shall not take more than a few mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection function we provide even if this is the first hosting account that you use, because all of our Linux hosting packages feature a rather simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to activate this feature only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and clicking on the Delete button.