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.