“TechTV’s Leo Laporte and [Steve Gibson] take 30 to 60 minutes near the end
of each week to discuss important issues of personal computer security.
Sometimes we’ll discuss something that just happened. Sometimes we’ll talk
about long-standing problems, concerns, or solutions. Either way, every week we
endeavor to produce something interesting and important for every personal
computer user. “
I subscribe to a number of podcasts, as you might imagine. There are few –
very few – that get my attention nearly 100% of the time.
Security Now with Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte is one of
And it’s not because the co-host’s name is also “Leo”.
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I’ve recommended Steve Gibson’s site grc.com before – he’s an internet security guru,
and as I’ve also said before, his site has come to be known as the place for
security tests and related utilities.
Leo Laporte is an internet columnist, TV and radio personality who’s been
making great use of podcast technology. From his weekly tech Q&A radio
show, to one of the most popular tech podcasts around, This Week in
Tech, Leo Laporte is likely to be one of the most listened to
voices on the internet.
Putting Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte together works very well.
Each week they discuss assorted security issues, tools, tips and techniques.
The discussion isn’t just about what the issues are, but why – how things work, or
don’t, and why it’s important.
Paraphrasing from a recent podcast, Security Now is for the curious. Over
the 50 podcasts that have been produced so far on topics include Spyware,
RootKits, VPNs, vulnerabilities, how the internet and networks work,
cryptography, buffer overflows, NAT routers, and more. Every fourth podcast is
dedicated answering listener questions.
Each podcast is archived with
both high and low bandwidth audio, and a full transcript.
I’ve been doing this “stuff” a long time – longer perhaps than the hosts
themselves – and yet with each podcast I pick up a bit of data, a tip or an
explanation that I hadn’t put yet together – each week there’s at least
something that makes me go “oh, yeah”.
Security Now is a easy and educational listen. If you’re curious at all
about security and technology, I highly recommend it.