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Valve Announces Steam Guard

Valve Corporation announces a new Steamworks feature called Steam Guard, which sounds like a deodorant or an account security feature. It turns out to be the latter, as they say this "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." They say Steam Guard, which will be available to third-party developers, will also support Intel's upcoming Identity Protection Technology, a hardware encryption scheme for 2nd Generation Intel Core CPUS that replaces the need for an external key generator. "Account phishing and hijacking are our #1 support issues," said Gabe Newell, President of Valve. "With Intel's IPT and Steam Guard, we've taken a big step towards giving customers the account security they need as they purchase more and more digital goods." As an aside, this is the first time we've seen Gabe referred to as Valve's President, as his title has always been Managing Director. We've inquired about this fairly unimportant distinction, but have yet to receive a reply.

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43. Re: Valve Announces Steam Guard Mar 3, 2011, 19:41 Dev
 
"third party" access? Sounds more like an attempt to let worse DRM through steam make sure you only install on 1 machine.

I like steam how it is, I can install it on as many computers as I like, I just can only be logged into 1 at once. I've got email verified and I have my physical copies of old games like HL1 if I need my account recovered.

IDT sounds like another name for TPM, which didn't go anywhere, and I wouldn't want to use it anyway.

JoeNapalm wrote on Mar 3, 2011, 16:28:
, and while Valve hasn't done anything to me to deserve that kind of suspicion (yet)
How about all the lies and broken promises with the L4D series? Thats what did it for me.

This comment was edited on Mar 3, 2011, 19:47.
 
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