Happy new year - and thanks to all!

Graham CluleyWhen 2013 kicked off, I wasn't planning to quit the job I'd been doing for umpteen years at Sophos.

But I did quit, and it was with some trepidation that I decided to go independent, and have some fun appearing in the media, doing a spot of public speaking and running my own independent security news site.

And, so far, it's been great fun. :)

This site has received over two million page views since the middle of the year, and is averaging over 400,000 each month. The newsletter (thanks to Kurt for coming up with the witty "GCHQ" name) is getting new subscribers all the time, and over 5500 people have so far joined our Facebook community.

All this would have been impossible, of course, without readers.

Biggest thanks go to "Spryte", "Carson", "Coyote" and "Jeremy" who have been most active readers, leaving comments - but even if you've only left one piece of feedback, or simply enjoyed an article that I've published on the site - thanks very much. I appreciate each and every one of you for dropping by.

And, of course, thanks are also due to the many guest contributors who graciously gave their time writing content to share with users.

In no particular order, huge debts are owed to Lisa, Philip, Mikko, Jennifer, Jason, Shirley, Sorin, Stephen, Mark, Alan, Neira, Martijn, Alan, Per and Irfan, all of whom I owe a drink or more to. Thanks so much guys!

If you would be interested in being part of this site's future, and have an article that you think would be interesting for the readers, please do get in touch.

So far, my trial separation from corporate life is working... so I'll be here for a while longer yet, keeping you up to date with the latest security news in a hopefully easy-to-understand, informative way.

2013 was a tough year for many concerned about computer security and privacy, and there is no doubt that many will be worried about what revelations and threats are still to emerge.

But don't lose hope - if we all play our part in educating our friends, family and colleagues about how best to protect themselves from online risks, we can make the world a better place.

Happy new year everybody. Let's make it a safer one.

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3 Responses

  1. Campbell Milton

    December 31, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Cheers, and thanks for all the excellent material !! Almost great to read your insights whether here or in past material from Naked Security, when I have been tracking down the history of items. You have a great legacy, and will continue to do so as an independent !!

  2. Hasan

    December 31, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    Happy New Year! Have a blessed year Sir Graham, Thank you
    for all the best articles… Thank you With Best Wishes

  3. Coyote

    February 3, 2014 at 5:07 am #

    Late but I typically do not pay attention to the new year…

    Happy New Year to you too, and thanks for the blog! I was thrilled to see your post (which prompted me to post the first time) about the dying art of computer viruses (very inspiring, thought provoking and absolutely spot on!) and more so that you got back to me on the name of the virus encyclopedia (avpve). I really appreciate that.

    And while I generally will say to others there is no need to thank me (for just being who I am) I do appreciate the sentiment (and it is very good of you: being thankful/appreciative is a much too neglected trait I fear) a great deal and I'm glad I can contribute where I can (and will continue to do so where/when possible).

    The amount of articles you have in such a short time frame is absolutely amazing (my sites which are 6 years old have a tiny fraction of articles as your site and I write about programming, Unix/Linux and on a rare occasion non computer things, in addition to security.. too much time programming I admit is part of the problem).

    Keep up the great work and glad it (self employment) is working out for you!

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