The Steam Summer Sale is in full swing and so too are efforts to bypass the security of Steam Guard and compromise the security of your account. The latest phishing scam actually appears to be an update of one that came to light back in April that automates the process, making it easier than ever to give up all your hard-earned stuff to the bad guys.
From December 12th, trading through the Steam inventory will be restricted to accounts that have had Steam Guard, Valve's account protection system, activated for 15 days.
Valve's new account security system, Steam Guard, is now in beta and available to anyone who wants to give it a try. Once you've verified your email address you can tie your Steam account to your computer. Any attempts to login for the first time on a computer elsewhere will need a verification code, which will be sent to your email address. To access the beta, select Steam Guard from the beta participation section in your Steam account settings.
Head of Valve, Gabe Newell, is so confident in the new system that he recently gave out his username and password and challenged the public to gain access to his account. It's firstname.lastname@example.org, and moolyftw, if you want to give it a go.
Ever wanted to log into a Steam account with every game unlocked? Now you can try (and fail!). Gabe Newell is so confident in Valve's Steam Guard he has announced his Steam username and password before challenging people to get in.
Witness the power of Steam Guard yourself. Try to log onto his account with username: email@example.com, and the password: moolyftw. Good luck.