In a number of free WordPress themes, I've run across obfuscated code. I mean, encoded sections, such as this in the Ellise Theme and several others similarly. In some, it's in the footer.php file (different code, though), but in the Ellise Theme it's in the "functions.php" file:
Running this through one of the online decoders, I get:
Not being as up to snuff on my PHP as I should be yet, I need help in deciding if this is just harmless, a nuisance, or something I should get rid of for good. I see it's putting stuff into the database, but for what purpose?
For the time being, I've commented out the entire block.