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Valve beefs up account security with Steam Guard

By Matthew ยท 14 replies
Mar 3, 2011
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  1. Valve has announced a new security measure for Steam that should help safeguard accounts being hijacked, which is apparently the service's number one support issue according to Valve boss Gabe Newell. Called Steam Guard, the feature takes advantage of Intel's Identity Protection Technology (IPT), a hardware-based security technology that exists in second-generation Core processors.

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    And what if I want to log in on another PC? If the second PC doesn't run a Sandy Bridge system it won't have IPT so I won't be able to set it as an authorized system.
  3. lchu12

    lchu12 TS Booster Posts: 188   +11

    Well at least they are making an effort. I would say it does make it one more reason to get a newer computer, if security is an issue.
  4. tacobfm

    tacobfm TS Rookie Posts: 59

    This is why intel doesn't play fair.
  5. herpaderp

    herpaderp TS Booster Posts: 159

    "Sandy Bridge owners will be able to link their Steam account to a specific PC and will be notified if any unauthorized PCs attempt to gain entry. "

    Read it again? Sounds like an OPTIONAL feature, as in, it can probably be toggled, might include whitelist feature, who knows, wait for more info before jumping to conclusions......

    Yes, damn them for trying to increase user security!
  6. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    Uh I didn't jump to conclusions. I was simply saying that if I do enable it I'll have an issue if my other pc doesn't use sandy bridge.

    Looks like you're the one jumping to conclusions about what my comment meant.
  7. herpaderp

    herpaderp TS Booster Posts: 159

    lol forgot to finish edit before answering the door xD
  8. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    How? AMD could easily have done it but they're too lazy to get new cpus out.
  9. wiak

    wiak TS Enthusiast Posts: 52   +8

  10. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 630   +403

    This is a nice security measure. Many online gamers will like these feature. Well, if only i have a sandy bridge cpu. I'm still in core duo :-(.
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    Valve, now with Steam Guard! It's got a catchy sound.

    And what's with the sinister black cat and his two haz mat clad minions taking photos at the crime scene? And the pong on the laptop? Weird. All you need is a midget speaking backwards and some plaintive music.
  12. @princeton it says you will be NOTIFIED not locked out. Potentially it makes a list and e-mails it to you, if you notice weirdness in your log it gives you the ability to changed action, ie change your password etc.
  13. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,965   +2,298

    I always love the steam images

  14. So, then, this effort affect virtually no one? Great.
  15. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 298   +6

    Its a good effort,but then does everybody out there have a sandy bridge?

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