How to Enable and Disable Hotlink Protection

Hotlink Protection is an option in cPanel that protects your resources’ bandwidth consumption. When set up properly, it prevents third party sites from using your bandwidth when serving your website files. These website files could be images from your website that they link to their website. Follow the steps below on how to enable and disable it in cPanel.  

Note:This is only applicable to Vodien Virtual Private Server and Dedicated Server plans.

Follow the steps below on how to enable Hotlink Protection in cPanel. 

Step 1. Log in to cPanel

cPanel Login Page

Step 2. Under Security, click Hotlink Protection.

Hotlink Protection Option in cPanel

Step 3. Click the Enable button if you want to enable Hotlink Protection with its default settings. This button only shows if the Hotlink Protection is currently disabled. If you want to modify the settings, skip this step and proceed to Step 4   

Hotlink Protection Enable Button

Step 4. List the sites and URLs that you want to exempt from the Hotlink Protection in the box provided. 

List of URL to Allow Access

Step 5. Enter the file extensions that you want to block from direct access in the box provided.  

Tip: Specify the file extensions that consume most bandwidth e.g., images, videos and applications.

Hotlink Protection File Extension List

Check the box to Allow direct requests if necessary and enter the URL in the box below if it needs to redirect to another URL.  

Step 6. Click Submit 

Hotlink Protection Submit Button

The page redirects to the summary of the changes made. These changes take effect instantly.  

Hotlink Protection Enabled Message

Follow the steps below on how to enable Hotlink Protection in cPanel. 

Step 1. Log in to cPanel 

cPanel Login Page

Step 2. Under Security, click Hotlink Protection.

Hotlink Protection Option in cPanel

Step 3. Click Disable 

Hotlink Protection Disable Button

The page redirects you to the summary of the changes made.  

Hotlink Protection Disabled Message

Feel free to contact our Singapore or Australia Support Team if you have further questions.

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