Computer engineers sometimes refer to GRC.com as the Great Red Car.
The association is justified, since the feel of the site is that of a
well-engineered, sleek, smoothly functioning machine.
The site is not about looks, however, thought the visual aspect of the
site has been made to be simple and with least whistles and bells.
The man behind the site and the GRC initials is Steve Gibson, a top
ranked computer authority, network security professional and data
storage engineer. The site is so helpful and efficient in teaching
computer self-defense that it has become a target of several
well-documented hacking attempts.
Steve Gibson loves sharing hardware, software and internet secrets with
anyone dropping in. Using the machine language to make software simple
and light, he has personally writes applications, which are freely
available for a quick download.
The free software includes tools for testing security leaks, harmlessly
shutting down hidden Windows’ messaging functions, securing the usually
misunderstood Plug-and-Play service, testing Windows 98’s often-ignored
object facilities, testing hard disk performance, managing unruly
sockets, opting a spyware-infected computer out of its secret
connections, writing machine-language applications, and a multitude of
tools for many other small-sized application that perform wonders.
The site has an on-line sources as well. ShieldsUp and Test My Shields
can be used for testing own computer in real time, to see its invisible
connections, any connections that are potential risks, well-managed
connections, and the general readiness of a computer to identify itself
to just about anyone on internet.
The site content is written in a simple, non-engineering language,
providing articulate and generous explanation for whatever terminology
that may confound a first-time visitor.
Steve Gibson has been incredibly generous in providing so much material for the site, which is, basically, great public service.