ionCube PHP Encoder makes it easy to protect PHP source code from easy observation, theft, and change by compiling to bytecode. PHP scripts can be easily read, changed and run on any PHP enabled system. Encoding PHP offers important benefits. It helps you protect and license your code before distribution. It protects your creative work and a revenue stream from future script updates. It enforces internal change control policies by avoiding untracked software tweaks that may get lost on a site reinstall or server move. It can hide sensitive data and protect scripts from unauthorised changes that may go unnoticed indefinitely, and be a serious security and data protection risk.