Security Now with Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte

Security Now

Cybersecurity guru Steve Gibson joins Leo Laporte every Tuesday. Steve and Leo break down the latest cybercrime and hacking stories, offering a deep understanding of what's happening and how to protect yourself and your business. Security Now is a must listen for security professionals every week.

Records live every Tuesday at 4:30pm Eastern / 1:30pm Pacific / 20:30 UTC.

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Stay up-to-date and deepen your cybersecurity acumen with Security Now. On this long-running podcast, cybersecurity authority Steve Gibson and technology expert Leo Laporte bring their extensive and historical knowledge to explore digital security topics in depth. Each week, they take complex issues and break them down for clarity and big-picture understanding. And they do it all in an approachable, conversational style infused with their unique sense of humor. Listen and subscribe, and stay on top of the constantly changing world of Internet security. Security Now records every Tuesday afternoon and hits your podcatcher later that evening.

Topics Covered on this Tech Security Podcast

The world of cybercrime is evolving rapidly and from multiple fronts. On the Security Now podcast, Steve and Leo dissect cyberthreats big and small that impact businesses, consumers, and governments. They analyze them point-by-point, connect the dots, and put them in historical perspective.

Some of the frequently discussed podcast topics are:

  • Malware, ransomware, and hacks
  • Digital identity, data privacy, and policies
  • Passwords and authentication
  • Encryption and decryption
  • Digital service outages and their impacts
  • Software and plug-in security patches and updates, including Microsoft's Patch Tuesday
  • Hardware and IoT security concerns
  • Bluetooth and WiFi exploits
  • Zero-day exploits
  • Browser vulnerabilities
  • Bug bounty programs such as the Google Vulnerability Reward Program and the Apple Security Bounty program

Products and Technology Featured on Security Now

Security vulnerabilities are everywhere in our connected world. Security Now analyzes issues surrounding products and technologies, from infrastructure hardware affecting millions to individual consumer-level software. In recent years, internet-connected technologies (IoT) have risen to become a focus of concern. The hosts dive into issues related to apps, software, plug-ins, and hardware; VPNs and authentication; cryptocurrency; browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge) and more. They also scrutinize privacy concerns related to mobile devices and messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. The list is long and topics complicated, but Leo and Steve discuss them in a down-to-earth, approachable tone that keeps listeners engaged. The longevity of the show speaks for itself.

The Start of Security Now

Security Now debuted on August 18, 2005, making it the second-longest-running show on the TWiT network after This Week in Tech. Security Now quickly became one of the top-ranked, award-winning technology podcasts. Just two years after launch, in 2007, Security Now won the People's Choice Podcast Awards in the Technology/Science category. In August 2006, Security Now ranked fourth in the "Top 40" of all podcasts listened to via the PodNova service. By the end of 2015, Security Now was fourth among the Top 40 US Technology Podcasts.

Leo is the founder of the podcast network. He hosts TWiT's flagship podcast This Week in Tech, the long-running radio show The Tech Guy, and more. Steve is the founder and CEO of Gibson Research Corporation. As a high school student, Steve conceived, implemented, and taught two years of computer science electronics curriculum. The resulting courseware was then expanded and is still being taught in his hometown high school district. In the decades since, he's created the first anti-spyware program, the data recovery software SpinRite, the online port scanning service ShieldsUP, and SQRL (Secure, Quick, Reliable Login), a draft open standard for secure website login and authentication, and more.

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Windows Weekly

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Tech News Weekly

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MacBreak Weekly

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This Week in Google

It's not just Google. This Week in Google hosts, Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Paris Martineau, cover all of Big Tech every Wednesday. Listeners tune in for thought-provoking and entertaining conversations about AI, Internet memes, the future of media, and the latest emerging tech. You won't want to miss a minute.

Ask The Tech Guys

Tech experts Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent have the expertise to help you get the most out of your technology. From the latest gadgets to tried-and-true tech tips, tune into Ask The Tech Guys for an informative and fun look at tech.

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