Steam Opens Beta for Mobile Authenticator System

Users can register for a user group to get beta access to the security-enhancing feature.

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Given the string of recent, high-profile attacks, it's no surprise that companies have been looking to boost their security, and PC gaming mega-store Steam is the latest to take that leap.

Earlier this week, Steam announced that they'd be opening up a Mobile Authenticator beta group. Interested users have been invited to join the group, where they will be placed into a pool for possible selection. If chosen, they can download an Android or iOS app that will secure that user's account with two-factor authentication.

Two-factor security is a relatively recent trend in computer security. You can already enable it for many commonly used websites like Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter. It works on the principal that people can achieve better security by requiring both something that you know (typically a password) and something that you have (like a phone app or key card). This makes it extremely hard for someone to gain unauthorized access to your account even if they have one of the pieces (typically your password).

Steam will be enabling access for select users with Android devices starting today. An app will be available for iOS soon.

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