Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another person could also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a major issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone can be trying to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll use up all your resources without getting real site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.