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Encode or not to encode, that is the question

hey all.
for a small website, based off of phpnuke. running on a 2.4 down / 512 up
cable connection, doing
medium traffic.

is it worth encoding the site using zend safeguard suite ? overall, for
speed and security reasons, about 75% speed issues, 25% security of the
code.

thanks.
Jul 16 '05 #1
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fartsniff wrote:
hey all.
for a small website, based off of phpnuke. running on a 2.4 down / 512 up
cable connection, doing
medium traffic.

is it worth encoding the site using zend safeguard suite ? overall, for
speed and security reasons, about 75% speed issues, 25% security of the
code.

thanks.


I don't see it. The only reason I see to encode the PHP is if you are selling
the application to someone and you want to make sure they don't steal (ie.
can't even see) your code.

What encoding would do for you is that in case someone got into your server
(which is easy to do on a shared server where you have not set the
permissions correctly) they could not see your code.

One thing that helps is if you can run under php-cgiwrap. Some hosting firms
have this (I use www.pair.com) but I don't know if it's open source or a
commercial thing.

Al

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