Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, another person may also build a site and instead of using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal site, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody can be trying to copy your website and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. That is why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.