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Old 07-23-2016, 06:06 AM
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Default What is License Activation?

License Activation

License activation is a method used by software publishers to ensure that the software is registered to the correct end user. It is a method employed to combat software piracy and so that only the legal purchasers of the software are able to use the product. This is also commonly referred to as DRM, meaning Digital Rights Management.

Activation Methods

There are three popular methods employed for license activation; email activation, phone activation and online activation. With all three methods end users must activate their software providing some details back to the publisher before the software can be fully unlocked. Online activation is the most common method. This usually consists of a mechanism inside the software application where details of the purchase are automatically sent over the internet back to the publisher. The purchase is checked with the publisher’s records of all purchases, and if the purchase is valid the software is unlocked. This process is usually quick and straightforward, requiring just a few mouse clicks.

Hardware Footprints

Many online license activation systems send details of the computer that the software is installed on back to the publisher. These details are called a hardware footprint, and this enables publishers to determine if the software has been installed on a new computer, or reinstalled on a computer that has already had the software installed on it. Some publishers limit the number of installations per hardware footprint, and after that limit is reached users must contact the publishers in order to reinstall software.
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