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Activate your account and get software

To activate your account and get your security software, do as follows:

  1. Open the welcome email from Sophos.
  2. In the email, click Create Password.

    Screenshot of Sophos welcome email.

  3. Now you see the Activate your account page.

    1. Create your password.
    2. Select a Central Admin Portal location. Your data is stored in this region.

      Your Sophos Partner might have selected this for you.

    3. Read and acknowledge the legal agreements.

    4. Click Activate Account.

    Screenshot of account activation page.

  4. A message prompts you to set up an additional form of authentication. Click Next.

    Screenshot of Set up Your Login Information screen.

  5. On the next screen, do as follows:

    1. Enter the security code we just sent to your email address. The email's subject line is "Your security code".
    2. Create a PIN that can be used for email authentication.

    Screenshot of Provide Security Code screen.

  6. On the next screen, select the type of authentication you want to use.

    In this guide, we'll describe setting up the SMS text message option. This lets us send you security codes by text message so that you can sign in.

    Screenshot of Choose Authentication Type screen.

  7. On the Verify Your Device screen, you need to enter a security code to sign in to Sophos Central. You'll find the code in a text message we've just sent you. Enter the code and click Finish. You'll need to do this each time you sign in.

    Screenshot of Verify Your Device screen.

  8. You see a pop-up screen where you can select a product. In this guide, we tell you how to set up Endpoint Protection, Server Protection, and Intercept X. Click Endpoint Protection to get started.


    You can open this screen again any time (for example, if you want to use it for another product) by going to Help > Product Setup.

    Screenshot of Product Setup pop-up.

  9. On the Protect Devices page, download the security software you need.

    1. Under Endpoint Protection, click the download link for your operating system. For example, Download Windows Installer.


      You can use this Windows installer on an endpoint computer or a server.

      The Windows and macOS installers give you Intercept X as well as standard threat protection.

    2. Under Server Protection, click the download link or links for your server operating system.

    Screenshot of the Protect Devices or Downloads page.

  10. Copy the installers to your devices.