Using the Leech Protection Interface in cPanel

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Detecting unusual levels of activity

Updated: August 22, 2022
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
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The Leech Protection feature allows you to detect unusual levels of activity in password-restricted directories on your website

After you set the maximum number of logins within a two-hour period, the system redirects or suspends users who exceed that maximum.

Enable leech protection

To enable Leech Protect for a directory, perform the following steps:

1)The Leech Protect window will appear. Select which of the four main directories you wish to view in the file window:

  • • Home Directory /home/user
  • • Web Root /public_html/www
  • • Public FTP Root /public_ftp
  • • Document Root /public_html

2) Select the directory that you wish to protect.

  • • Click the appropriate folder icon () to navigate to a different folder
  • • Click the desired folder's name to select it

3) Enter the maximum number of logins that you wish to allow each user within a two-hour period.

4) To redirect users who exceed the maximum number of logins within a two-hour period, enter a URL to which you wish to redirect them.

5) To configure the system to send an email alert when Leech Protect activates, select the Send Email Alert To checkbox and enter the email address to alert.

6) To disable an account that exceeds the maximum number of logins within a two-hour period, select the Disable Compromised Accounts checkbox.

7) Click Enable.

Disable leech protection

To disable leech protection, perform the following steps:

1)The Leech Protect window will appear. Select which of the four main directories you wish to view in the file window:

  • • Home Directory /home/user
  • • Web Root /public_html/www
  • • Public FTP Root /public_ftp
  • • Document Root /public_html

2) Select the directory that you wish to protect.

3) Click the appropriate folder icon () to navigate to a different folder.

4) Click the desired folder's name to select it.

5) Click Disable.

Manage users

To add, edit, and delete users, click Manage Users to navigate to cPanel's Password Protect Directories interface
Home >> Security >> Password Protect Directories

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