Recently I decided to take advantage of the hotlink protection feature. All of my htaccess files were written to reflect the exceptions (ie my other websites on a shared hosting solution). Great, that worked. But the two sites where I use Magento ecommerce had blocked header image and header logo. BTW, disabling the hotlink feature did not remove the htaccess exceptions. I had to go back and manually delete every rewrite generated by the hotlink protection feature. What a pain. After I did that I changed permissions to 0444 so I wouldnt have to do that again. Anyway, whats the problem with magento header images being blocked? All of the rest of my sites had all images displayed.