Hotlink or Hotlinking helps in displaying image or video on web-portals by posting link to media on another website instead of saving copy of media on the portal on which the image or the video is to be displayed. The website owners, rather than uploading the media onto their portal use a like to media. Hotlinking activity robs web portal owners owing site containing original (being hotlinked) media of vital bandwidth and costs them huge money (by being billed for overrunning allocated bandwidth). Hotlinking activity is usually curtailed by web portal owners with help of .htaccess files (replacing hotlinked media with offensive media)

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