Hosts: Leo Laporte
Debut: August 18th, 2005
Recorded: Wed 11:00am 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 Wednesdays at 11:00am PT/2:00pm 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 402 – BitTorrent Sync – Security news, "BitTorrent Sync", and more.
- Security Now 401 – Your Questions, Steve's Answers #166 – Another JAVA flaw, Google Street View data collection in Germany, Malware in Google Play Apps, and more!
- Security Now 400 – VPN Solutions – Wordpress botnet, another JAVA update, CRAPCHAs, Virtual Private Networks, and more.
- Security Now 399 – Your Questions, Steve's Answers #165 – Comcast's Blocked Ports, Verizon DSL begins to NAT it's users, VUDO, your questions, and more.
- Security Now 397 – Your Questions, Steve's Answers #164 – Apple authentication, FBI and Real-Time interception, your questions, and more.
- Security Now 396 – Telnet-pocalypse – Bitcoin, Carna Botnet, Krebs DDoS'd, distributed hash tables, and more.
- Security Now 395 – Your Questions, Steve's Answers #163 – More JAVA vulnerabilities, more Flash vulnerabilities, DNT and IE10, your questions, and more.
- Security Now 394 – Tor 2.0 – Evernote resets 50 million passwords, Oracle issues emergency JAVA update, Tor's updated operation, and more.
- Security Now 393 – Your Questions, Steve's Answers #162 – More Java vulnerabilities, Microsoft and NBC.com hacked, your questions, 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