I have been using Steve Gibson’s utilities and services such as ShieldsUP! from back in the beginning of Internet Time.  My favorite recollection is actually exchanging emails on some point in the mid 90s.  I actually contributed in an extremely minor way!  I also remind myself that there are some solid lessons to learn from his website and from the various postings over the years from Steve and I recommend it for any serious student of Computer Science.  The comments are reminder that one is responsible for one’s own education and if one has the tools to check, one should.  I find both of these invaluable insights.

I had not tested my recent firewall at ShieldsUP and just did.  I also found the following:

Welcome to ShieldsUP!

If you have not visited for some time, please note that:

Our new Perfect Passwords facility is used by thousands of people every day to generate ultra-high-quality random passwords for securing WiFi and other services.

Our weekly Security Now! audio podcast has covered every security issue you might have. These mp3 audio files are freely downloadable, and since we have transcripts of every podcast, you can use our sitewide search to find any podcast by keyword.