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What is hotlinking?

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Hotlinking occurs when another website directly links to your web site’s files, primarily images and/or videos. When a person hotlinks one of your files they use the direct link for that file and in doing so use your server resources (bandwidth) to bring up that file every time it is accessed on their website.

In other words, imagine you are paying the electricity bill for you house and a neighbor starts plugging in their appliances into your sockets. The end result, you end up paying for electricity your neighbor’s electricity usage and your own.

To read more about hotlinking - read our Hotlinking Information Guide.