Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another Internet site. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual can also develop a site and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody can be attempting to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your website hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting real visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.