With the amount of account hacking that is so prevalent in gaming today, especially on the PC side, it is a breath of fresh air to hear about tightened security for Steam. Valve is helping gamers to avoid hackers by adding a few changes to its flagship Steam service.

Steam Guard allows users to link account management to a single computer, preventing changes from being made from any other computer. This could cause a little bit of a headache if you have multiple computers, but  this is just an option, not mandatory.

The service will also take advantage of Intel’s Identity Protection Technology that randomly generates a numerical password every 30 seconds. This is integrated into background functions of the service and the aim is that you never know it’s running.

Users will also be notified if another, unauthorized PC attempts to connect to their Steam account. Steam Guard will also be available to 3rd party developers to incorporate into their applications via Steamworks.