An un-encrypted script gives unscrupulous entities the opportunity to claim its programmatical logic as their own. I've been in quite a number of meetings with software vendors where they shamelessly admitted to the idea or "inspiration" behind their latest "feature" being taken from publicly available open source tools. In essence, what that boils down to is "they" (the commercial software vendor) get to profit off of someone else's labor. It can be argued that 'maybe, just maybe, that person is ok with it'. I say; Maybe. Maybe not!
A dishonorable individual can snoop through a fairly lengthy script written by someone else, make a few changes of his own to it, then slap his name on the script as being the author. Or, if he's unable to get away with doing that, he might try to force his name into the project with phrases similar to 'WE worked on it together', or "I helped him....'. And these deceitful statements are often made when the actual author of the script is not around to speak up for himself (or herself).
Although, there are lots of developers out there in the IT world, many lack an innate ability for creativity. So what they do to combat that is look for ideas to pirate. A skilled developer (but who lacks in creative ideas) can use your un-encrypted code for inspiration concerning a similar project he may be wishing to work on. The ramifications of this possibilility are all bad - you're either unwittingly erecting against yourself unnecessary competition and shall I say angst?! OR you're opening yourself up to the possibility of someone with far more resources than you, beating you to the completion of whatever it is you were trying to accomplish.
The cold, harsh reality is, some people simply cant resist the temptation to piggyback off someone else's work. The most important goal of enScryption.com is to ensure when they do attempt to figure out how your code works, they're met with numerous formiddable obstacles.
Also, bear in mind, that, there are many different ways an idea can be stolen without the artificer of it being any wiser. There may be something you're doing in your code that others thought was impossible. But if they're able to get their hands on the un-encrypted version of your script, they'll know exactly how you did it. Why make it easy for them?
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- Powershell Scripts (.ps1)
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- Ruby Scripts (.rb)
- Rcode R Scripts (.r, .R)
- PHP(Cli/Web-based) Scripts (.php)
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Function Files Security
Encrypt & Obfuscate function files without any issues.
Call encrypted function files from encrypted scripts and have both work as the original un-encrypted plain version.
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