Security Now!

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For those of you interested in personal computer security — as anyone who owns a PC should be — you simply don’t want to miss out on the Security Now! podcast produced by GRC’s Steve Gibson (author of the famous SpinRite disk maintenance and recovery software) and Twit.Tv’s Leo Laporte. As Steve says: “TechTV’s Leo Laporte and I 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.”

While I consider these discussions a bit above the level of the average PC user, the “…interesting and important…” part is certainly true. Steve and Leo engage in lively banter that grabs your attention and won’t let go. Steve’s passion coupled with Leo’s insightful — and very savvy — questions make every podcast an event. This Geek has been caught listening to both parts of “How the Internet Works” multiple times. Yeah, I knew a lot about it, being a network and security specialist, but Steve managed to put a spin on it that hadn’t occured to me; I walked away with a whole new respect for the geniuses who designed it all. And did you know, “Most people don’t think of common NAT routers as hardware firewalls, but ANY NAT router inherently provides terrific security and protection against incoming malicious traffic”? Well, duh! I didn’t even think about it.NAT is one of the best things to happen to the Internet. (But I still ran ShieldsUp! Just to be sure.)

Security Now! has become my weekly “must have” podcast while I’m trying to catch up on all of the past episodes. Each episode has SIX resources:

High quality 64 kbps mp3 audio file (the podcast, available from several sources — check out the website)
Quarter size, bandwidth-conserving,16 kbps (lower quality) mp3 audio file
A web page with any supplementary notes
A web page text transcript of the episode
A simple text transcript of the episode
Ready-to-print PDF (Acrobat) transcript

Believe me. Listen to a couple of these, and you’ll be hooked.

Until next time, I remain

The Geek

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