Hotlinking is an expression that describes the inclusion of images on a given Internet site through direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wishes to add a couple of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they can simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load straight from your hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files as well. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.