Steam Guard Security Upgrade Now In Beta

If you are a PC gamer, chances are you have used Valve’s Steam service. Steam is a PC video game service which allows users to buy games, and then download them from the internet and play it on their computers with ease. These games are then tied to the users Steam account, and they can be downloaded and played from any computer with an internet connection.

As with any computer service, users have to beware of hackers, who are ever ready and willing to get a hold of your account and steal all of your games and personal data. Valve have been taking steps to prevent hacking of their accounts, so at the CeBIT computer trade show in Hannover, Germany, they announced their new Steam Guard service which is currently being rolled out in beta form.

The way that this new service works is that when you log into an unfamiliar machine the Steam account is blocked and a one-time use code is sent to the user’s E-mail address. All that the user has to do is to simply log into their e-mail account and retrieve the code, and their Steam account is available for use on their computer.

This looks to be an excellent addition to the security that Valve provides to its customers. This new system stops hackers in their tracks, and also alerts the user that their account has been compromised. Without access to the user’s e-mail account, the hacker cannot get into the users Steam account. I do hope that this feature is not made mandatory however, since there are probably people out there who don’t have the e-mail address that they used to sign up for Steam in the first place anymore.

What do you think about these security updates? Is Steam Guard a good or bad idea? Let us know in the comments! Alternatively, check out more articles on Security or Gaming.

  • Tiznal

    I think it's a great idea, mandatory or not. I would rather it not be mandatory, but you can change your email account that steam is linked to at any time.

    • Jonathan Cordes

      Thanks for posting a comment :)

      I've had to use this multiple times, at my university's gaming society. It's not a big problem though. All I have to do is log into my e-mail account, type in a 5 character code, and I'm sorted. It's a little step but if it stops my account from being hacked, I'm happy with it!

  • togbabe

    This is the dummest idea they have ever had!! The problem with something like this is that it is bound to malfunction. And when it does, you are locked out until someone at steam can help you. Which – on a weekend or public holiday is not going to be at all. This has already happened to me. I had to restore my PC from a ‘windows image’ several times before fixing a problem. Each time Steam mailed me a code and it worked. The third time, I was mailed nothing and now it is the weekend and I’ve got to send a $^%&% support email to steam and am locked out of my games – which I $%$^& paid for!!! All this boy wonder $^$^^^ is great – in theory – till it malfunctions. I (customer) didn’t ask for it; but it is forced upon me anyway.