Steve Gibson is somewhat of a "fringe" charlatan. In some professional security circles, he is not considered a reputable security professional, rather more of a snake oil salesman peddling third-rate software with bold claims. While many of his claims are a bit outlandish or bold, few, if any, are demonstrably false. However, when asked to speak on security topics, Gibson is getting adept at putting his foot in his mouth. A single amusing quote may be laughable, but a series of them begin to paint a picture of someone who doesn't really understand security. Rather, he seems to know enough buzzwords and ideas to be dangerous to his clients.