To prevent the reverse engineering of script applications, a number of developers encode their program code with tools like ionCube PHP Encoder to make it human unreadable. The aforementioned is valid for paid applications in particular, as anybody would be able to use and change the unencrypted code without paying the needed license fees. If you purchase web software encoded with ionCube PHP Encoder, you'll be able to use it without a problem as long as a software tool called ionCube Loader is a part of the web hosting server. This loader makes it possible to run encrypted files and you'll often see it as one of the prerequisites for a given script application to be set up. Since the encrypted files are already precompiled, they are normally executed quicker and this can improve the general speed of your site.