What is hotlinking and how do I stop it?

Hotlinking is a term that commonly means displaying an image on a website by linking to another website to pull the picture's source data each time it is requested, rather than saving a copy of it on the website that is using the image. This can use the picture owner's bandwidth, rather than the bandwidth of the site who is displaying the image.

Lyrical Host offers free hotlinking protection. Hotlink protection prevents other websites from directly linking to files on your website.

You can add this by following the below steps:

1. Visit cp.lyricalhost.com and log in with your usual details. If you have not logged into LyricalCP before then you can find the instructions for logging in for the first time here: https://hub.lyricalhost.com/knowledgebase/110/How-do-I-log-in-to-Lyrical-CP-my-website-control-panel.html

2. Manage the hosting package that you wish to protect

3. Select 'Hotlink Protection' under the Security header.

Any domains listed in "Whitelisted URLs" will be allowed to link to your site regardless of your blocked extensions.

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