Hotlinking, which is often referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else can also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal website, it can be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone could be attempting to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your hosting package 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 website. This is why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
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