Valve launches Steam Guard

PC Gaming giant  Valve has officially launched Steam Guard, their new method of making you feel more secure about your Steam account.

Steam Guard is an additional level of security that can be applied to your Steam account. The first level of security on your account is your login credentials: your Steam account name and password. With Steam Guard, a second level of security is applied to your account, making it harder for your Steam account to fall into the wrong hands.

When Steam Guard is enabled on your account, anyone attempting to login to your Steam account from an unrecognised computer must provide additional authorization. A special access code will be sent to your contact email address, and this code must be entered into Steam before your login is complete.

Once you’ve verified your email address with Steam, Steam Guard becomes available for your use. Once enabled, you will be required to access your email and provide the special access code from Steam Support when logging into Steam from any computer which we don’t recognize.

Valve believes Steam Guard is so secure that Valve boss Gabe Newell shared his Steam password to a crowd at the recent Game Developers Conference.

For more information, check out the Steam Guard FAQ.

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