Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images that are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual can also create a site and instead of using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. While this might not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it will be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody could be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.