Problem with bandwidth thieves

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I've got a problem with someone hotlinking to one of my websites... I just know the very basics about HTML and was looking for suggetions/help about how to put a stop to this. The best thing I could think of is the embarassing "I'm a bandwidth thief" picture when someone hotlinks... but I need a little help with how to do that. Any other suggestions? I'd appreciate the help.

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if you have CPanel...just enable HotLink Protection and it gives you the options for "I'm a Bandwidth Theif" ..(just make the image)...

  • Jun 05, 2006

icom158

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Make sure you use a small gif file for the image, because that's still bandwidth.

  • Jun 06, 2006
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The simplest way is to change the name of the file they're hotlinking to something else, and then drop in a little 3 or 4kb gif or low quality jpeg (in black and white to keep it small) with the name of the original file.

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Filter file requests based on refferer. If the referer is from within your site send the proper file, otherwise send a small image with the bandwidth their message.

You'll find plenty of hotlink protection guides on the net, so start with on of those.

  • Jun 07, 2006

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