Article ID: 1026, created on Oct 6, 2008, last review on May 10, 2014

  • Applies to:
  • Plesk 8.x for Linux/Unix


Bandwidth theft or "hotlinking" is a direct linking to web site's files (images, video, etc.). It can be prevented for example with
mod_rewrite module. Place rules like below into the vhost.conf or .htaccess files for the needed domain (for example www.DOMAIN_NAME.TLD):

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond % !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?DOMAIN_NAME\.TLD(/)?.*$ [NC]
RewriteRule \.(gif|jpg|jpeg|png|swf)$ - [NC,F]

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