What's the objective of hotlink protection? How does it function and in which cases is it useful to activate it?
Hotlinking is a term which describes the inclusion of images on a particular Internet site via direct links. When you have website A, for example, and a person creates website B and wishes to include a few images from your website, they can either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images will load straight from your website hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your consent, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature which we offer you. While the common method of doing that is to generate an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can do this automatically and you shall simply have to choose the site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the needed file within the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia CP and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any difficulties even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You can switch off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a click through the exact same section.