What's the Difference Between a Security Code and a Personal Code on the Splashtop Streamer?

If you've configured the login mode on the Streamer's Security tab in the past, you might have noticed that there are two different codes, one is a Security Code and one is a Personal Code. This article will explain the differences between both of them.

This article uses screenshots from both the Windows and Mac versions of our software. While the interfaces might look different, the steps are the same.

Security Code

The Security Code is one of the three types of login methods we offer to connect into a computer. When you decide to go with a Security Code, you are choosing to have users login to a computer via a code you create rather than a Windows or Mac username and password associated with the device.


When a user logs into a computer using a security code, they will log in where the last person that used the computer left off unless additional security settings are set in place such as locking a screen at the end and/or start of a session. Please note that any additional security settings will not take effect if the last person using the computer did not use it through Splashtop.


Below is an example of what the Security Code field looks like:

You enter your desired security code on the top bar and confirm it on the bottom.


When logging into a computer configured with a Security Code you will be asked to enter it like so:


Once the Security Code has been entered you are free to access the computer.


Personal Code

The Personal Code is not exactly a login method, but it is used to improve security of the Windows or Mac Login method. Pictured below is what you would click to set up a Personal Code:


After clicking on Personal Code you will be taken to this screen to create one:



You create and confirm a Personal Code like you do a Security Code but, unlike the Security Code which applies to the whole computer, the Personal Code is unique to the particular user that is currently signed in to the computer.

For example, if there are two users in one computer (User A and User B), and you are currently logged in as User A, when you configure a personal code on the Streamer, it will only apply to User A and not User B.


From then on, every time you connect to the computer and try to sign in as User A, you will also be asked for the Personal Code that was entered like in the example below:

First enter the Username and Password of the account you want to log in as in the computer.


If there is a match, and a Personal Code was also enabled for that user then you will see this screen next (it's similar to the Security Code):


After entering the Personal Code you will be let in


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