How to configure Leech Protection in cPanel

How to configure Leech Protection in cPanel


What is leech protection?

It allows you to prevent users from publically disclosing passwords used to access restricted areas of a website. This tool will redirect accounts that have been compromised to a URL of your choice. It does this by limiting the number of times a user can logins within a 2- hours period to these restricted areas.

Leech Protection in cPanel

Two types of leech protection

  1. Enable 
  2. Disable 


  1. Enable 



Leech Protection interface click on setting

Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to cPanel using your username and password
  2. Under Security click on the Leech Protection
  3. After clicking the select document root of your website. In the other setting, click Go
  4. Next, you select the folder you wish to protect by clicking
  5. When you select a folder to protect, then again a new interface will appear as follow:

On the Leech Protection interface select document root of your website

  • A number of logins – You’ll have options to select the number of logins allowed per user in a 2 – hour period.
  • URL to Redirect Leech users to – Which URL to redirect suspected leechers.
  • Send Email Alerts to – The system will send an email to the specified address when leeching protection redirects users from the site.
  • Disable Compromised Accounts – Disable the password of users who trigger leech protection, suspending them. To reactivate their accounts, reset their passwords.
  1. Click “Enable”.


  1. Disable 

  Follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the folder for which you wish to disable the leech protection. 

      2. Click “Disable”


Manage Users:

Adding, Modifying, and Deleting users perform the following steps:

  1. Navigate to the folder for which you wish to manage the user.
  2. Click “Manage Users” you will be redirected to “Directory Privacy” by the system and the following interface will appear.

 Set permission for “/<your specific path>”


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April 18, 2021
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