Steam Family Sharing system updated with two-factor authentication

Steam Sharing

By on January 8, 2014 at 9:22 am

Valve have responded to concerns around the security of their Family Sharing program by adding two-factor authentication to the process.

“Lenders must now identify the Steam users who may access and play their shared games on shared computers,” writes Valve earlier this week. “This allows lenders more control while reducing the risk of VAC or other bans resulting from an unknown user accessing and abusing shared games on an authorized machine.”

“Family Sharing is now a two-factor authorization process, where up to ten Steam accounts on up to ten machines may be authorized to share your library at a given time. Any of these ten users may log into any of your ten authorized machines to access and play your shared games. Additionally, users may still request access to your shared library by sending you a request from any machine where you’ve installed games.”

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Seems a bit complicated. Might be easier just to log into my brothers account.

 

exe3,

From experience, yes, thats easier. Significantly actually.
The rule goes that if you both on the same game you’re ok, but if He is in game whilst you’re using his library (playing a game you do not own) then you will be given 5 minutes to exit the game or Steam remotely closes it.
The only thing changed now, is that I can’t have it “internet cafe” style where anyone can play my games, only 10 designated users can use my library on 10 designated computers. Aka they cut down the amount of random potential users.
That’s all really, honestly no one will notice the change besides 1 more dialog box saying “authorised users”.

They are still yet to fix the community-focused issue that I can’t play another game (say max payne 3) whilst my brother plays Bioshock infinite off my library. That’s what everyone wants, but it leaves them open to 10 accounts being made to service 100 people, cutting their profit insanely.
Also that games like payday 2 which have a demo but has the same appID as the full game can’t be played if I’m in game because its shared in the family library. Rather painful, if you can make sense of it.

But hey, thats my 2 cents and experience with the system.

 
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