How To Use “Hot Linking” To Stop File Sharing
If you are an Internet Marketer or in a related field you have surely faced the fact that many people are just not honest. Once many pay for, or even worse find files on your hosting account they feel the urge to share your files. It does not take long before the URL to your work is posted on all the top file sharing sites.
Some of you may not care, as I have heard “they are only reseller files”. Nothing to worry about…
Wrong! Your hosting provider could easily shut your account down. Sure they say “unlimited” bandwidth, but many times unlimited does not mean all you can take. Plus it puts a heavy load on shared servers and hosting providers do not like this.
Bottom line, it is your responsibility to prevent heavy loads on a shared hosting account.
Fortunately there is an easy fix to prevent loss of your work and the possible loss of your hosting account. Even better it is built right into any cPanel hosting account and is called “HotLink Protection”.
I could make 20 screen shots to show you how to set this really cool feature up, but I prefer to use video. It will make it a snap and take you about 10 minutes.
The video shows what my cPanel looks like, yours may appear different but the method is exactly the same no matter the layout. There are many cPanel themes…
Watch this video to get started right now:
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If you have a shared hosting account, cPanel will attempt to place a (or add content to your existing) .htaccess file. This text style file may be hidden from your view on some FTP software, so do not freak out if you cannot find it. Many FTP programs have a feature to “show hidden files”, so refer to the documentation for your FTP software to reveal files like .htaccess
One thing to remember: You can update the sites that you allow to “share” your files. The site does not have to belong to you. This comes in handy if you allow downloads from external sites. All you have to do is update the ”URLs to allow access” field with URL’s. Be sure to enter each domain twice, once with the “www” and once without.
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