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Activation code

Activation code

(also activation key)

Activation code definition

Activation code refers to a code used for user authentication. An activation code can be included with the software or sent to the user’s email address or device.

What are activation codes used for?

  • They can be used by software publishers to confirm the purchase.
  • They help companies manage software licensing and distribution. By using activation codes, a company can track where the software was purchased.
  • They can be used to unlock product functionality.
  • They can help prevent unauthorized software duplication.
  • They can be used to get software updates.
  • They can be used for authentication and authorization.

Examples of activation codes

  • Software distributors like Steam use activation codes to make game purchases easier. For example, if you wanted to send a game as a gift, you would only need to send the game’s activation code.
  • Companies can use activation codes during the registration process to prevent the creation of fake accounts. You first register an account using your email and then complete the process by entering the activation code.
  • A company may notice suspicious activity in your account (logging in from a different lP address) and ask you to enter an activation code to ensure your account wasn’t compromised.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security