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News Valve launches Steam Guard security

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 17 Mar 2011.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  4. wuyanxu

    wuyanxu still wants Homeworld 3

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    sotu1 Ex-Modder

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    Nice. I like the idea.
     
  6. r3loaded

    r3loaded Well-Known Member

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    Already activated this on my account. I've also activated a similar 2-step verification thing on my Gmail account too.
     
  7. bobwya

    bobwya Custom PC Migrant

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    Yes I often find myself wanting to game in cyber cafes with their powerful Intel Integrated graphics based systems...
     
  8. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    Wu mate, just check for the latest client updates in the menu. If it says you have latest, make sure your e-mail also says Verified next to it.

    When those two things are met, close Steam and reopen it.
     
  9. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Just activated this on two PC's - seems to work ok, but another layer of red tape to get around!
     
  10. Bluephoenix

    Bluephoenix Spoon? What spoon?

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    mr newell just put a nice fat target on himself at least in the minds of some people by making what amounts to an open challenge.

    lets hope it doesn't get too out of hand when someone finally breaks it.
     
  11. Sloth

    Sloth #yolo #swag

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    Can't wait to set this up. I only ever use one PC, so some extra security would be nice.


    As for Mr. Newell's password release... what does it matter? Unless there's something special about his Steam account, wouldn't it just be like stealing any other account? Surely he could just deactivate it and make himself a new one?
     
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    I've personally never had my account stolen but I believe it is relatively simple and painless to recover even if the 'hacker' has changed the recovery email. At least this is what I have been told.
     
  13. wuyanxu

    wuyanxu still wants Homeworld 3

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    i have!
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  14. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    Wu, exit Steam, delete "Steam.dll" and rename "ClientRegistry.blob", and then launch Steam again.
     
  15. wuyanxu

    wuyanxu still wants Homeworld 3

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    tried that twice, first time just doing the file delete.

    2nd time changed email to another email, changed it back to original, close steam. delete everything except steamapp and steam.exe.

    end result is above screenshot.


    edit: i've posted on steam forums for help. didn't mean to disturb this bit-tech thread.
    http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21307849
     
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  16. Zurechial

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    This is a great concept since it seemingly allows the user to authorize additional systems.
    I had an account security scare a while back and while I don't think my account was actually compromised it's nice to have the peace of mind of knowing that only the two systems I game on will be able to access my Steam account, and that I can authorize others later if I need to.

    Kudos, Valve.
     
  17. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

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    How are they "recognizing" computers? IP address? MAC address?

    Obviously it can, and will, be defeated, but it should certainly put a dent in the amount of account theft going on. I wonder if Gabe gave out that information to encourage hacks on a dummy account to look for vulnerabilities.
     
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    I'd know I'd get my account back eventually when I send Valve my long list of keys for my games. Personally I'm more worried that I'd get VAC banned, since that can't be undone to my knowledge.
     
  19. leveller

    leveller Yeti Sports 2 - 2011 Champion!

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    This will save their admin team from investigating all those account phishing cases ... however I'd love to get mine working at some point. BurtonJ on Steam forums reckons he can manually adjust your account and get SG working, but it would be nice for it to work without divine intervention!
     
  20. Faunus

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    The world is bigger than your underpowered cyber cafes. For example,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC_bang
     
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