Hotlinking, which is oftentimes referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, somebody else can also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a major issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it can be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody could be aiming to copy your site and deceive people. If your website hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may use up all your resources without getting real website visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.