Hotlinking, which is often referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else could also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a big problem if you have a small personal Internet site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone might be trying to copy your website and cheat people. If your website hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting real site visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.