Well when I started to buy extensions they were all encrypted, when I started to sell them I sell them enctrypted.
It cannot be read or modified; that’s correct. It’s a commercial module so I think you might expect any encryption when paying for a module. I think most of the modules are encypted when paid for it.
The required apache module is partly correct. Some hosting providers has built-in the loaders in Apache, but it’s also possible to run them runtime, so everybody can run them without any problems:
So I understand the convenience but I think it’s the right of this companies to sell modules enctrypted. Commercial extensions are generally not to be changed.
I think it’s your own fault; so please just upload the runtime IonCube loaders and use the extension