This article describes how to configure hotlink protection in cPanel. By enabling hotlink protection, you can help prevent other web sites from using your web site's bandwidth.
Hotlinking, also known as inline linking or direct linking, is when another web site links directly to files that are hosted on your web site. For example, another site's web page may contain direct links to image files that are stored on your web site. As a result, when visitors go to the other site's web page, your site serves the image files, and your bandwidth is effectively “stolen.”
To prevent this scenario from occurring, you can configure hotlink protection in cPanel.
To enable hotlink protection, follow these steps:
In the Block direct access for the following extensions text box, type the file extensions for which you want to block direct access. Several typically hotlinked file extensions are already listed.
When another web site no longer links directly to your files (or if you don't mind that the external web site links to your files), you can disable hotlink protection.
To disable hotlink protection, follow these steps:
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