Hotlinking, which is occasionally called bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, someone else can also build a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal website, it can be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody may be attempting to copy your website and cheat people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting real website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.