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Post by blaze0041 @ 11:21am 17/03/11 | 6 Comments
Valve have announced that Steam Guard is now out of beta and available to all:
As a Steam account holder, you can now take advantage of Steam Guard, a new feature of Steam that enables an additional level of account security. Your account may already be protected by Steam Guard, as the new feature automatically begins protecting your account once you've verified your email address with Steam.

With Steam Guard enabled, anyone attempting to login as you from an unrecognized computer or browser must first provide additional, one-time authorisation.

A special access code will be sent to your contact email address, and this code must be entered into Steam before your first login on an unfamiliar computer is complete. You will also be notified if any login attempts from computers other than those you've authorized occur. Steam Guard essentially acts as a form of "User Rights Management", where you as the user have greater control over access to your stuff.
Their knowledge base has some more information.

You will need to update your Steam Client in order to take advantage of this. To check if you have Steam Guard available, click Steam -> Settings, and under account, a new field should appear as "Security Status". A new button, "Manage Steam Guard Account Security..." is also available to enable/disable/deauthorise other machines (Otherwise, simply "Check for Steam Client updates...".

Right now, Steam Guard is limited to emailing a security code to authorise a machine, but future versions will offer other methods of authentication (such as the Intel® Identity Protection Technology). I can't confirm whether Steam Guard is enabled by default though. promoted/edited forum item

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Latest Comments
Posted 12:10pm 17/3/11
I have the latest steam but ant find Manage Steam Guard Account Security

I can see Security Status
Posted 12:45pm 17/3/11
I got it :3

Should be under account standing - where is should say in good standing unless your been vac banned.
Posted 03:42pm 17/3/11
I can't confirm whether Steam Guard is enabled by default though.

Just checked on my copy of Steam and it is set to Steam Guard on by default. I'm "protected".
Posted 06:50pm 17/3/11
apparently I'm already protected by it, without having ever done anything to enable it (I did verify my email address ages ago though). must be on by default for verified emails.
Posted 07:03pm 17/3/11
Mine too was already protected, hoorah!
Posted 07:25pm 20/3/11
Well boy did I just get to discover the joy of Steam Guard...Completely locked out of my account and waiting for Steam to get back to me. Asked me to enter a code, which is in my email. Enter that, accepts it. Yay....happy joy joy....restart PC a few hours later, asks me to re-authenticate...again...this time, doesn't accepts the code and refuses to let me log in. Doesn't resend the email...doesn't help you do anything useful except direct you to Steam support...f*****g fail.
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