What You Should Do To Protect Yourself In The Wake Of The Steam Hack

If you're a Steam user, you've likely heard about the hack that potentially compromised passwords and credit card information. Although much of the damage has been done, but there are still things you can do to protect yourself. Here's a look at your options moving forward.

Change Your Passwords

Perhaps you use a good, strong, unique password on your Steam account and, despite being stolen in the hack, it still remains safe and encoded. You may not be so lucky if you have a weak password. Either way, now is a good time to change it if you haven't already. When you're choosing a new password, it helps to know what the pros look for when they try to guess and methods hackers use to crack them so you can avoid falling into those traps. There are also a few good practices to follow. The most secure password is often one you don't even know. If you'd prefer something memorable, however, a multi-word password is generally considered to be among the most secure types. When you've come up with a password you like, be sure to test it so you know you didn't come up with one that's easy to guess or hack. Change it on your Steam account and you'll be in better shape.

Change Your Email Password, Too

If you're feeling a little worried, one thing worth noting is that Steam pays attention to when you access it from new computers. You have to enter a new code each time that is delivered via email, so even if your password was compromised the person trying to use it would also need access to your email account. It's best to have unique passwords for all your accounts, but if you've been using the same password this might be a good time to change. At the very least, make sure your email password doesn't match the one you use for any other service.

Monitor Your Credit and Debit Cards

It is still unclear whether or not any credit cards associated with Steam accounts were actually compromised, but you're going to want to keep a close eye on your statements to make sure there are no fraudulent charges. You may also want to call your bank and see what they suggest you do in this situation. They'll likely err on the side of security and suggest a replacement card with a new number. This can be a little inconvenient as it means being without your card for awhile, but if you go into one of your bank's branches you can usually get a temporary ATM card so you'll at least have easy access to your money.


Comments

    I changed my Steam password to a 24 character one. I also changed my email password and as soon as the Steam Forums came back online I changed my password there too and made sure it was different to my Steam one.

    As many helpful people over at Kotaku have pointed out, it's also wise to activate 2-factor authentication for the online services you use.
    Examples of this include Steam Guard (enabled by default), Google (bit of a pain to setup) and Paypal (either by buying a security card/dongle, a similar offering to some banks; or SMS).

      As an addendum, Facebook also offers this under "Account settings -> Security settings -> Login approvals".

    actually just thought id note (with this im not sure if the other banks would do it im just saying from my experience) that suncorp is pretty good with my visa debit card. I tried to see if i could link my card to the us itunes store and after trying about 5 mins later suncorp called to ask if it was me. I thought that was pretty cool

    I Still have not received an email from them warning me of this hack. The only information I have gotten have been from other gaming/internet sources.

      I've had the notification from my client pop up several times in the last few days.

    They notified me as soon as my steam client connected a couple of days ago... that seems to be their primary method of contact.
    At least it wasn't the "No, no, there isn't a problem" approach from Sony.

    my account says no associated credit card info with my account. does that mean i'm all good?

      Your credit cards should be safe, but that doesn't mean your steam account itself, or anything else you use the same password for, is safe.

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