I just noticed this post to this thread. Yes, I am. Steve Gibson, the author of "Shields Up", is a notorious security-wannabe. He pretends to be a security guru, but in reality nobody in the security field even takes him seriously.
Shields Up is useless. If it says you're secure, you can still be hacked. Plus, you can have an open port with a program running behind it and Shields Up will tell you it's a threat. Screw that.
Steve should stick to what he does really well - low level hard disk code. Spinrite (his original program) is brilliant.