Most users of the widely popular Steam gaming platform invest a lot in their accounts.
Purchasing games on the regular, especially those considered triple-A titles, is something that slowly makes the seemingly insignificant costs add up into a larger sum of money.
If you happen to be a Steam user for a longer period now, chances are that your account is worth more than a thousand dollars, and that’s considered low compared to some of the top accounts. You can check the worth of your Steam account here.
This is why keeping your Steam profile protected at all times is so important. And, when it comes to protection, having a secure and hard-to-breach password is the key to maximum security. Here’s how to change yours easily.
Changing Your Steam Password
- Load up the Steam client on your PC.
- Log into your account.
- Navigate to “Steam” in the top left corner and then head into the “Settings” section.
- After clicking on “Settings” you’ll need to select the first tab “Account” (will be automatically selected for most users) and then click on “Change Password” as instructed on the screenshot below.
- If you have 2FA (two-factor authentication) enabled, you will need to confirm this action either on your phone or on your e-mail address, depending on what settings you have previously enabled on your account.
The screenshot below showcases an example account that already uses Steam’s mobile authentication method. If you are using an e-mail address as your preferred 2FA method, or you don’t have a 2FA method at all, you may not see this screen at all.
- Steam will now send a unique code that you need to input in the empty field below. It will look exactly like it does on the screenshot below.
Don’t panic if the code doesn’t arrive instantly. Sometimes Steam is overloaded due to high demand and you’ll need to wait a minute or two. If it doesn’t, click on “Resend account verification code” below the empty field. Make sure to check “Junk” and “Spam” folders in your e-mail inbox as well.
- The final step is to input your new password into the upper field, and then confirm it once more into the following one as well. When you are done, simply click the “Change Password” button at the end. Your Steam account password is now successfully changed.
Please note that Steam will ask you to log in to your account once again, but only if your account is already logged in on other PCs.
Changing Your Steam Password May Affect The Following Things:
- Your ability to trade in-game items such as cosmetics in games like Dota2 or CS:GO
- Your ability to use the Steam community market
- Your ability to do any changes to the friend list
As most people know already, the currently popular titles such as Dota2 or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have in-game cosmetic items that people trade to earn a profit, or just for the sake of swapping them for new ones.
Trading items on Steam is so popular that many third-party websites providing this type of service are considered multi-million dollar businesses.
If you are a trader, the thing you should be fearing the most on Steam is the so-called “Trade Lock” which usually happens after some significant changes are made to an account. But, why does this happen?
Steam detects there was a recent change of sensitive information, in this case, a password, and immediately issues a preventive, security measure to protect the real owner of the account.
For example, if someone ends up breaching your account and then tries to change the password to lock you out of it, Steam will notify you of this suspicious activity. However, notifying you is not enough, because if you don’t act immediately, all of your valuable in-game items may be gone in a second. This is why Steam places a “Trade Lock” when a suspicious log-in happens or a password of an account is changed.
Do This To Keep Your Steam Account Safe
To avoid all of the previously-mentioned issues with trade locks and Steam detecting suspicious activity on your account, simply install the Steam mobile authenticator or use your e-mail address as a 2FA method. You can read more about the Steam 2FA guide here.
This makes it a lot more difficult for scammers and hackers to get into your account. It adds a whole new layer of security. Someone needs to have physical access to your smartphone which is most likely protected with a PIN or a fingerprint ID system as well. It is highly advised to use 2FA on all of your online accounts, not only Steam.
At first, you’ll think it’s a hassle to input a unique 5-character code each time you log into your account, but it definitely isn’t an issue once you get used to it.
Oh, and you can always use the “Remember me on this PC” option when logging into Steam. This will ensure that the app remembers your login information and you’ll automatically be logged in once you start Steam on your PC.
It is even advised by Steam to do so:
Changing your Steam password is easy and pretty straight-forward. However, it comes with a few “consequences” unless you are already using the highly-recommended 2FA system.
If you still have issues resetting or changing your Steam password, then you can try contacting Steam support and explain your case.