Security Now with Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte

Security Now

Security Now could be the most important show you watch all week. Security guru Steve Gibson, the man who coined the term spyware and created the first anti-spyware program, joins Leo Laporte every week to guide us through the minefield of ransomware, viruses, cyber espionage, hacking, etc.

Records live every Tuesday at 4:30pm Eastern / 1:30pm Pacific / 21:30 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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This Week in Tech

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This Week in Enterprise Tech

This Week in Enterprise Tech is the ultimate podcast for the enterprise professional. It's a must-listen for any technology pro or the devoted geek. Stay on top of relevant issues and the latest developments in the enterprise IT world. The podcast is hosted by a set of powerhouse experts Louisa Maresca, Brian Chee, Curt Franklin, Brian McHenry, and Heather "Mo" Williams.

MacBreak Weekly

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This Week in Google

Get a big-picture view and detailed analyses of technology issues with This Week in Google. This podcast is much more than an examination of all things Google. The tech giant's reach extends well into every facet of our connected world, so everything technology touches are game for discussion. A diverse and opinionated panel scrutinizes technology products and services, Big Tech's corporate leadership and competition, policies and internal workings, emerging tech, global impacts, and more. Join hosts Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Ant Pruitt every week.

Ask The Tech Guys

No one explains tech better than Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent. They take questions from all kinds of callers and answers them on the spot on the Ask The Tech Guys show every Sunday. Leo and Mikah solve listener frustrations on getting the best WiFi speeds, backing up photos, tech gear recommendations, software glitches, and much, much more. Plus, travel expert Johnny Jet, automotive technology expert Sam Abuelsamid, home theater geek Scott Wilkinson, and "Mad's Maddest Writer" Dick DeBartolo make regular guest appearances to share their knowledge and sprinkle a few laughs. It's like kicking back and enjoying a tech-centric chat with good friends.

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