Having exerted effort, time and money, firms sometimes are negligent regarding risk of the code being leaked to a third party. Competitors may inspect the code and become encouraged to create a copycat product. Clients may also hack the code, unlock features or simply pirate it.
Also, while there are many advantages in using Cloud/shared Hosting uploading web apps on a virtual server doesn't come without pitfalls, such as possible server outage, possible hacking and illicit access. By protecting the code, an extra layer of security is added, so that if the code does end up in the hands of others, they will not be able to re-use it.
Minification and Compression: Removes all unnecessary characters from source code without changing its functionality.
Optimization: Optimizes the code in terms of computational performance, but this technique is not meant to provide any protection to the code.
Obfuscation: Consists in the transformation of the source code, making it harder to understand without changing its original functionality.
Code Traps: Set of checks throughout the code that forces the application to execute only in certain domains, OS and browsers. It also makes the code expire on a set date.
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