Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual can also develop a site and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone might be trying to copy your website and trick people. If your hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting real site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.