promised, let's look at the ins and outs of configuring individual services.
We begin with two-factor authentication. In
Steam, it's called Steam Guard. The feature is automatically activated after
you verify your email address and run the Steam client twice. You can also
enable it manually under Manage Steam Guard Account Security. Steam Guard codes
can be sent by email, but it's handier and safer to generate one-time codes in
the Steam mobile app.
Incidentally, if you happened to save account credentials on someone else's computer, it's possible to log out of the account on all devices in the Steam Guard settings.
Another useful feature is the warning about external links. It notifies you if a link in a comment or post takes you away from Steam. On the downside, the feature is available only in the mobile app. It is enabled by default, but if you turned it off, it's easy to restore in the settings.
Steam also lets you separately configure who can comment on your profile, screenshots, and mods. The same applies to access to basic and fuller information about your profile. The Friends Only option is recommended in the latter case. At the very least, you should hide your inventory and games list from the general public. Why? Take a look at the previous lessons.
Two-factor authentication here is called Login
Verification, but is enabled in the settings as per usual. Origin lets you
receive codes through Google Authenticator, which is a good alternative to
email. On enabling the feature, you will be shown a list of backup codes: handy
if, say, you lose your phone along with the authenticator app. Just keep them
away from prying eyes and in a place you'll have access to if worst comes to
When creating an account, you'll be asked to select a security question for password recovery. Avoid the obvious: your pet's name or school are readily findable on social media. If necessary, you can change the security question or add another one in the Security section.
Here too is the Trusted Devices subsection, where you can find a list of computers and gadgets that will not ask for a one-time code to log into your account. If you see an unfamiliar device, it means that someone else might have used your account. Remove the suspicious device from the trusted list, and change the password.
Now about privacy settings. By default, no one can view your profile and library. If this seems slightly draconian, you can open your profile to friends, but no more.
Also in the privacy settings, you can block undesirable users and disable targeted advertising. The key word here is "targeted". You won't get rid of all ads, simply that Electronic Arts won't share your data with partners who might send you personalized ads.
Epic Games Store
The default security settings here are mostly
unremarkable — even two-factor authentication is called just that.
Only parental control is worth a separate
mention. If you're a parent as well as a gamer, you might want to set a PIN
code so that your little angel doesn't wander into the not-so-angelic GTA. This
can be done in the general settings. Steam too has this feature, come to think
As for privacy settings, they are so private
that you won't actually find any. But not because Epic Games doesn't give a
hoot. Simply that other players only see your display name and online status,
and this cannot be changed. All other data that you enter on the site (email,
real name, home/work address) is not revealed to anyone.
That said, it is possible to find other players
by their email address. If you don't want to be friended by random discoverers
of your email, check the Auto Decline Friend Requests box. This is done in the
Friends section, where you can also block users who have got up your nose once
That's it. In the next lesson, we turn our
attention to Uplay, Battle.net, League of Legends, and GoG.
That said, it is possible to find other players by their email address. If you don't want to be friended by random discoverers of your email, check the Auto Decline Friend Requests box. This is done in the Friends section, where you can also block users who have got up your nose once too often.
That's it. In the next lesson, we turn our attention to Uplay, Battle.net, League of Legends, and GoG.
What feature do Steam, Origin, and Epic Games Store all provide?
rejection of friend requests