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Valve unveils security service Steam Guard

Thursday, 3rd March 2011 17:33 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Valve has announced Steam Guard, an Steam account security system.

The new Steam and Steamworks feature “gives users greatly increased account security.”

Steam Guard allows users to link management of their account to a specific PC. Attempts to modify or change account settings by any other PC won’t be possible without the user’s approval.

The system will take advantage of upcoming Intel Identity Protection Technology (Intel IPT), an encrypted, hardware-based feature available with the new 2nd Generation Intel CoreT and Intel CoreT vProT processors.

IPT generates a new numerical password every 30 seconds, integrating into the processor functionality that previously required a separate card or key fob.

Users will also be notified if any PCs other than those authorized by them attempt to log into or modify their account settings.

Steam Guard is available to third parties to incorporate into their own applications through Steamworks.

Steam, Valve’s digital delivery and community platform, boasts 30 million accounts worldwide.

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8 Comments

  1. Phoenixblight

    And this why Steam should be the go to for all DRM instead of each company having their own version just use Steam or something very similar.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Hunam

    I half agree. Steam has the best DRM (best of a bad bunch mind) but competition is always important.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    I am not saying Steam should be the next Microsoft with DRM just saying that if companies want to create DRM they should look at how Steam does it.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. DEADEYES

    I believe with new feature, Steam will success again! Just 1 question: does this (new feature) spy our machine?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    Nice. Very nice. If Blizz did this with wow they would have a lot less problems.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Xuchilbara

    @5 – The key authenticator system is awesome, if people would actually use it, then there wouldn’t be any problems.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Keivz

    So I link my steam account to my PC–it dies or I do a major upgrade. Then what?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Schindet Nemo

    @7 The article states you can edit your account data from any PC. You’ll just be asked for your approval a second time if your not editing from your “linked” machine. Sorta like Window’s UAC. I assume you’ll be sent an e-mail to confirm the changes.

    #8 4 years ago

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