Hosts: Leo Laporte
Debut: August 18th, 2005
Recorded: Tue 1:00pm Pacific
Released: within 24hrs
Duration: ~90 minutes
Set: Leo's Office Studio
Security Now is a weekly show hosted by Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson. The program debuted on 19 August 2005. Security Now! consists of a discussion between Gibson and Laporte of issues of computer security and, conversely, insecurity. Covered topics have included security vulnerabilities, firewalls, password security, spyware, rootkits, Wi-Fi, virtual private networks (VPNs), and virtualization. The intro theme was composed by Jamie Diamond of The MediaRight Group and the closing theme was made by Mark Blasco at podcastthemes.com
The show currently airs live on Tuesdays at 1:00pm PT/4:00pm ET with the on demand download available within 24hrs.
The podcast runs for approximately 1 1/2 hours, with the actual discussion of the subject of the podcast typically starting 20 minutes into the show. The first 20 minutes being spent on general chat, security news, sponsors and reading out letters and e-mails praising Steve's disk recovery product SpinRite, although the latter is not an official sponsor of the show and its dominance in the show has been criticized.
Every even numbered episode has been devoted to answering questions and responding to feedback provided by Security Now! listeners. The GRC web page has a feedback form allowing listeners to submit their comments and questions. Additionally, the so-called "Mailbag" episodes were added in late July 2007 to "share and discuss the thoughts, comments, and observations of other Security Now! listeners" (referred to as "mod 4 + 2 episodes"). The distinction between "mailbag" and listener feedback episodes was removed in episode 108.
In general, the episodes are typically dominated by 'tech nerd' talk, although Leo tries hard to keep the show moving along for the general public.
Steve is very proud that the show has never missed a week since its inception.
Steve records Security Now from his home in Mission Viejo, California.
The boxes with blinking lights recently added to Steve's bookshelves are the front panels of three modern reproductions of classic minicomputers called PDP-8e's. Steve talks about the PDP-8's at his site. The computers are running a program Steve wrote called "Deep Thought". It is essentially a random number generator, with tweaks to make the lights flash the way actual computer front panels of the day looked while running real programs. Steve describes the "Deep Thought" program on his site, complete with demonstration video and PDP-8 assembly language source code.
Steve hosts transcripts, low bandwidth versions and supplementary notes on his website.
Below are recent episodes you can download or watch.
- Security Now 435 – Your Questions, Steve's Answers #180 – All things NSA, Acoustic Crypto Key leakage, FIDO Alliance and SQRL, your questions, and more.
- Security Now 434 – Your Questions, Steve's Answers #179 – Patch Tuesday, Firefox 26, NSA and Google cookies, your questions, and more.
- Security Now 433 – Breaking SSL – A closer look at "BULLRUN", the NSA's code name for their Encryption Cracking initiative, TL Warp Drive, and more.
- Security Now 432 – Coin, Patent Trolls, and More – More about Coin, an update on CryptoLocker, a look at a high profile patent troll case, and more.
- Security Now 431 – What is RADIUS? – Security news, the coin wallet idea, why does proXPN allow only twelve characters, Steve explains RADIUS, and more.
More episodes can be viewed and downloaded here
Below are detailed show notes for released episodes. These are updated as soon as possible as time allows and/or as much community effort is put into them.
- Security Now 395 – Your Questions, Steve's Answers #163
- Security Now 394 – Tor 2.0
- Security Now 393 – Your Questions, Steve's Answers #162
- Security Now 392 – The Internet Underworld with Brian Krebs
- Security Now 391 – Your Questions, Steve's Answers #161
- Security Now 390 – Mega Security
- Security Now 389 – Unplug UPnP
- Security Now 388 – Memory Hard Problems
- Security Now 387 – Listener Feedback #159
- Security Now 386 – Disconnect WidgetJacking
Additional show notes for Security Now can be found here