When you think of getting information off of a web page you usually think of it being a simple process – you type the URL of the site that you want to go to in the browser, go to the web page, and then read the content that is on the page.
It sounds simple, right?
Most of the time it is, but there are times when this is not so simple.
Inside of the code that made it possible for you to read the page that you are looking at could be lurking some dangerous malware.
Malware can be easily picked up and hidden on a web page.
So, unless it is a trusted site, then you are taking a chance that nothing is going to happen to your computer when you actually visit the page.
But there are other ways that you can get the information off of the site as well.
Subscribe To Your Favourite Sites Via RSS
You can use a technology called RSS that will allow you to see the content as well, at least most of the time.
Some web pages will limit the amount of lines that the RSS feed shows so that you will be forced to visit the web page itself (this is typically because they are afraid of having their content scraped).
Other RSS feeds will only give you the title of the story that is being discussed – you must, again, visit the web page to get the full details.
But by far, most web pages will allow you to read the entire story in the RSS feed itself.
They may show little ads in the RSS feed so that they can provide you the content while at the same time they are still able to get paid.
RSS Feed Reading May Be Safer
If you are reading the information about the web page on an RSS feed then this means that you are less vulnerable to an attack as the majority of attacks happen when you are exposed to the code that is on the actual web page itself.
With an RSS feed the actual page is not going to your browser, it is only the content of the site that is being delivered to you.
Keep in mind; even though it may be safer to receive the content like this, it is not fool proof.
If someone wanted to, they could easily attack the RSS feed as well.
The main reason that this is safer at this point is because attackers do not bother with it.
There are not that many reported attacks when it comes to the RSS feed.
Even though RSS feeds are not one hundred percent safe, they seem to be safer than visiting the actual web page.
So if you want to make sure that your computer is not attacked, try subscribing to the RSS feed of a site instead.