How-To prevent people from stealing your files & bandwidth (hotlink)

If you find that people are stealing your files or using your bandwidth tehn you can prevent this with a Hotlink. A hotlink is a direct link that embeds a file (such as an image or video) from your site into another website. When other sites embeds your files, they are using your bandwidth to serve those files. DirectAdmin allows you to prevent hotlinks to your site by using the .htaccess file.

 

Create an .htaccess file in your public_html directory with the following code:

Make sure to replace domain.com with your actual domain name.

 

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www.)?domain.com.*$ [NC]
RewriteRule .(gif|jpg)$ - [F]

 

 

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