Access the Security options by clicking on the jDownloads and then clicking on at top right. Then select the tab.
If it is set to Yes, a special jD htaccess.txt file is copied to the Downloads root-directory, normally jdownloads, and renamed as .htaccess.
This enables protection so that all external file and subdirectory accesses are blocked.
The contents of the file are shown opposite.
If susequently you reset 'Protect your Download Directory' to No then the .htaccess file is removed.
It is obviously activated by selecting Yes.
The option 'Websites allowed to Hotlink' allows you to add permited sites.
If this information has not been sent then jDownloads does not know the requester's web address.
The default setting for 'Activate IP Blocking' is No.
If you set it to Yes then an option panel 'Blocked IP Addresses' opens.
The form of an IPV4 IP address is four groups of digits in the range 0 to 255 where each group is separated by a full stop character. For example 22.214.171.124 which is also known as 'dotted decimal format'.
If you need to restrict more than address then enter each IP address on a separate line.
ColinM June 2020 Modified July 2023