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Steve Gibson, the man who coined the term spyware and created the first anti-spyware program, creator of Spinrite and ShieldsUP, discusses the hot topics in security today with Leo Laporte.

Records live every Tuesday at 4:30pm Eastern / 1:30pm Pacific / 21:30 UTC.

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    • 4.6, 1.2K Ratings

Steve Gibson, the man who coined the term spyware and created the first anti-spyware program, creator of Spinrite and ShieldsUP, discusses the hot topics in security today with Leo Laporte.

Records live every Tuesday at 4:30pm Eastern / 1:30pm Pacific / 21:30 UTC.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

dcdc2010 ,

Ok to listen to, if nothing else is on

Like others have said it already, this podcast is too long, and not just too long in a good kind of way. It's too long with unnecessary reading of some boring press releases and other documents that no one in their sane mind would dare to read. Still the listener is trapped into listening to this old guy reading it in a stammering monotone.

Additionally the security advice is somewhat dubious at best. You learn that after having listened to this podcast for a while. I honestly can't take security advice from a seemingly "tin foil hat" paranoid host that also still thinks that Windows XP is a secure operating system and that coding everything in Assembly language is the "best" way to do things. Sorry, we're not living in the year 1995 anymore.

Beef number 2. This podcast has inline commercials and product placements. At first I wasn't sure what squirrel or spin right is, which they dedicate at times close to half an hour of an episode. I was curious and did some research. Well it turns out that the host wrote both pieces of software and it's his idea to promote it that way (without giving a listener any clue.) By the way, one is his take on web authentication protocol and the second one is an overpriced software to recover data from hard drives. In my opinion, both products have to come with a clear announcement of a commercial product placement.

There's also a second host that is more pleasant to listen to (that has a radio announcer voice), but he doesn't seem to care about security and is either eating or sleeping throughout each episode.

Overall I play this podcast last, usually in a fast forward mode. So unless they fix it, I will soon remove it from my podcast app.

JohnTheos ,

Getting to be unlistenable

When I listen to podcasts, I’m looking for the hosts to understand the material and provide me with their opinions on the matter. Unfortunately Steve has decided that that’s too much effort and now spends his time just reading others reports or press releases to the audience.

Audiophilz ,

Steve you are a professor I wish I had in grad school

One of the best podcasts in the Twit portfolio. Great format, love the length. Some reviewer complained about the length being 2 hours but I absolutely love the fact that it’s 2 hours, I usually listen to this going to sleep so it’s perfect !

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