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Valve Unveils Steam Guard For Account Security
Valve Unveils Steam Guard For Account Security
March 3, 2011 | By Eric Caoili

March 3, 2011 | By Eric Caoili
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Valve announced Steam Guard, a new feature designed to enhance security on its Steam and Steamworks platforms by preventing unauthorized modifications or changes to user account settings.

Steam Guard allows users to link their account to a specific PC -- any attempts to log into that account or make any changes to its settings from other PCs will notify the user and request their approval. Third party developers will be able to incorporate Steam Guard into their applications through Steamworks.

The new feature takes advantage of Intel's upcoming Identity Protection Technology (IPT), an encrypted, hardware-based feature available with 2nd Generation Intel CoreT and Intel CoreT vProT processors. IPT generates a new numerical password every 30 seconds, similar to security cards or key fobs.

Since the digital distribution platfom launched in 2003, Valve's Steam has attracted over 30 milion active accounts around the world, and more than six million of those users access Steam every day. The company's Steamworks publishing suite has shipped over 200 titles since launching three years ago.

"Account phishing and hijacking are our #1 support issues," says Valve president Gabe Newell. "With Intel's IPT and Steam Guard, we've taken a big step towards giving customers the account security they need as they purchase more and more digital goods."


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Simon Ludgate
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This seems nice but it eliminates the value of the whole "steam cloud" they've also been working on. What's the point of saving games and settings to the cloud if you can't log in from any other computer?

Alastair Pitts
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From my reading, it's not going to block you from logging in on another computer, only notify and require authorisation.



"...any attempts to log into that account or make any changes to its settings from other PCs will notify the user and request their approval..."



Which seems like an eminently reasonable solution.



I wholeheartedly approve of the approach!

Brent Orford
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Still waiting for Valve to get the "Remember my password" checkbox working properly. If you leave Steam logged on on PC1 (work), and go to PC2 (home) it requires you to re-enter your password in order to log you in even though you had checked "Remember my password." doh.



As annoying as that is, I'm not sure what's going to happen when this system is implemented because of the following: "any attempts to log into that account or make any changes to its settings from other PCs will notify the user and request their approval"



So does leaving PC1 logged in totally prevent me from logging in at PC2? It classifies as an attempt to log into my account - which would indicate that PC1 is going to get a prompt that must be answered before I can login at PC2.



That doesn't make much sense to me. I'm wondering if the article wasn't 100% accurate for that sentence because the first paragraph speaks only of account settings "a new feature designed to enhance security on its Steam and Steamworks platforms by preventing unauthorized modifications or changes to user account settings".



I'm a bit confused.

Curtis Turner - IceIYIaN
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I go to random computers and install Steam. Install Source SDK Base, then my mod, "Elements of War". Or Age of Chivalry. I then let them destroy my stats, because it won't allow me to use a guest play when I log in.

R G
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Lol.


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