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Old 03-03-11, 05:03 PM   #1
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Valve Unveils Steam Guard

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Valve has just announced Steam Guard, a new feature that allows users to link management of their account to a specific PC. Here's a quote from today's press release:

Valve announced today a new Steam and Steamworks feature called Steam Guard, which 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.

Steam Guard will take advantage of upcoming Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT), an encrypted, hardware-based feature available with the new 2nd Generation Intel® Core and Intel® CoreT vPro 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.
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Old 03-03-11, 05:10 PM   #2
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Interesting function. Will have to see how it does.
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Old 03-03-11, 06:04 PM   #3
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If this works, it will make hacking a lot more difficult.

Can't wait to see this in action.
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Users will also be notified if any PCs other than those authorized by them attempt to log into or modify their account settings.
I wonder how this will work with people who have multiple gaming PC's but only one Steam account.
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Old 03-03-11, 06:39 PM   #5
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I wonder how this will work with people who have multiple gaming PC's but only one Steam account.
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Old 03-04-11, 08:50 AM   #6
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But what we really need to know is how easy will it be to recover your account on a hardware failure. As it is now I like steam because if even my CPU and HDs die I just build a new PC and I log in my account and I am good to go. This sounds like if your CPU dies unexpectedly and haven't authorized any other PCs, your screwed or will have to go through some long recovery process to get it back. That to me is counter to what the Steam experience is suppose to be like.
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Old 03-04-11, 09:07 AM   #7
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But what we really need to know is how easy will it be to recover your account on a hardware failure. As it is now I like steam because if even my CPU and HDs die I just build a new PC and I log in my account and I am good to go. This sounds like if your CPU dies unexpectedly and haven't authorized any other PCs, your screwed or will have to go through some long recovery process to get it back. That to me is counter to what the Steam experience is suppose to be like.
maybe you send the dead CPU to steam
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But what we really need to know is how easy will it be to recover your account on a hardware failure. As it is now I like steam because if even my CPU and HDs die I just build a new PC and I log in my account and I am good to go. This sounds like if your CPU dies unexpectedly and haven't authorized any other PCs, your screwed or will have to go through some long recovery process to get it back. That to me is counter to what the Steam experience is suppose to be like.
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maybe you send the dead CPU to steam
Simple. Have it authorized on each of your computers. Still perfectly safe for you, but prevents any hassle.

If you only have one computer then... well, it could suck.
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Old 03-04-11, 12:09 PM   #9
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Problem: it requires Sandy Bridge to work...

Not gonna be useful for a lot of gamers for a long while...
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Old 03-04-11, 12:13 PM   #10
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But what we really need to know is how easy will it be to recover your account on a hardware failure. As it is now I like steam because if even my CPU and HDs die I just build a new PC and I log in my account and I am good to go. This sounds like if your CPU dies unexpectedly and haven't authorized any other PCs, your screwed or will have to go through some long recovery process to get it back. That to me is counter to what the Steam experience is suppose to be like.
This is the only thing I see hard with it.
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