Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person may also develop a site and rather than using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal website, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody can be trying to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your website hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might use up all your resources without getting actual visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.