Exactly one year ago I purchased the UnmaskParasites.com domain name and made the first early beta version of my new service available for public testing.
One year later Unmask Parasites is still in beta but now it’s a much more mature service that has proven its viability.
Many interesting things happened during this year. I’m not a good writer to make it an interesting reading, so I’ll only list some milestones, facts and statistics here.
June 1, 2008: Public release of Unmask Parasites.
The initial public version was 0.1, the current version is 0.4.137 (you can see it at the very bottom of the home page).
The revision numner of the initial public revision (per SVN log) was #38, the current is #137 — 100 updates. As you can see, I have been improving the service all this year.
More than 126,000 web pages have been checked. More than 28,000 of them have been found suspicious for various reasons.
All this time Unmask Parasites service was absolutely free. I can afford it since expenses are really low. During this year I spent less than $150 for site hosting and domain names. That’s all. (Plus, of course, enormous amount of my personal invaluable time.) Google’s AdSense blocks don’t make me rich but help me pay for the site hosting (I’ve recently received my first check for $113).
Now some stats from Google Analytics:
67,191 visits (41,166 visitors) from 156 countries and territories. (I don’t include here this blog’s stats with another 60,000 visits)
Unmask Parasites and articles from this blog had been referenced in blogs of major media (CNet, PCWorld, The Register, Guardian, Washington Post, etc.) and in specialized security blogs (Sophos, ScanSafe, SCMagazine, Google Online Security, etc.)
Some ranks of www.UnmaskParasites.com:
Google PageRank: 5
Alexa traffic rank: 53,614
Well, pretty good for a project with less than $150 yearly budget, isn’t it?
Now let’s leave all this facts alone. Every day I receive emails from site owners and I know that Unmask Parasites helped them identify and fix various website security issues. This makes me feel that I’m doing the right thing. And I like this feeling :-)
If you also think that I’m doing the right thing, the comment’s section is awaiting your “Happy Birthday” wishes. If you want to make a present, please consider linking to http://www.UnmaskParasites.com and spreading the word about it :-) You can also subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed or follow me on Twitter.
P.S. I’m currently working on a new version of Unmask Parasites. Some new services should be released soon too. So stay tuned.