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Stop other web sites from linking
directly to your important files.

Ensure users download your important files from your site only; stop other web sites from "hijacking" your content.

The "refer" script allows you to reference your important files in your links via the script itself, rather than linking to your files directly. If somebody attempts to follow a link to your file from another site, the file will not be displayed. Instead, they will see a message telling them to visit your site to download the file.

A refer sample is available:

Refer Sample

How to Protect Files Using the Refer Script

Follow these simple steps to protect your files using the refer script:

  1. Create a "refer" directory in your document root ("htdocs") directory.
  2. Activate you refer script visiting the following URL (replacing "yourname" with your actual domain name):

  1. Upload the files you wish to protect to your new "refer" directory.
  2. Link to these files in your web pages via the refer script as follows (replacing "filename" with the file name and extension of the applicable file, and "linktext" as appropriate):

<A HREF="/cgi-t/refer.cgi/filename">linktext</A>

For example, if you wanted to protect a video file called "", you would upload this file to your "refer" directory, and link to the file from your site as follows:

<A HREF="/cgi-t/refer.cgi/">View my movie</A>


The refer script uses referral information provided by the user's browser. As new browser versions are subject to change, FastVirtual cannot guarantee future reliability of this script.

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