Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another website. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual may also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody can be attempting to copy your website and cheat people. If your web hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting legitimate site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.