RSS Tutorial

 


Before We Start

This is a basic guide to get yourself started with an RSS feed, which is a great way to get the latest news on all your important websites. Given that this is a security blog, I’ll be using my current RSS feed and my preferred method of accessing the feed as an example. If you don’t know what an RSS feed is, click here. In all seriousness, search engines are friends you should be well acquainted with.

First, we’ll pick a RSS Reader. You’ll have to either choose a web based program or a native client for your desktop. I suggest Feedly and RSSOwl, respectively.

Personally, I enjoy Feedly. The ability to login to any computer and access the feed is great. Also, the Feedly app is pretty good as well. To get you started, I’ll walk you through how to create a Feedly account and upload my personal news feed to your account.

For those already familiar with RSS or planning on using my RSS feed, here’s my OPML file. As an overview, here’s a list of all the sites I have in my feed. Continue on below to set up Feedly and import the file!

Schneier on Security
Security Through Education
Security Affairs
Hacking Articles
SecurityWatch
WhiteHat Security Blog
PCMag.com Security Coverage
Elie on Internet Security and Performance
eLearnSecurity Blog
Forbes – Security
Krebs on Security
Dark Reading
BleepingComputer.com
Graham Cluley
TaoSecurity
Troy Hunt’s Blog
Security Tool Files ≈ Packet Storm
The Hacker News
US-CERT Current Activity
Liquidmatrix Security Digest
The Security Ledger
Have I been pwned? latest breaches
Security for Real People
Ars Technica: Risk Assessment
tisiphone.net
IT Security Guru
Security Weekly – The Security Podcast Network
Tripwire: The State of Security
F-Secure: News from the Lab
SANS Information Security Reading Room
BitDefender: HOTforSecurity
Kasperky: Threatpost
Kaspersky: Securelist
Google Online Security Blog
Sophos: Naked Security
Symantec: Newest Posts
Malwarebytes Labs
Akamai Blog
Checkpoint: ZoneAlarm Security Blog
Cloudflare Blog
ESET: WeLiveSecurity
Trustwave: SpiderLabs Blog
SANS Internet Storm Center Daily Network Security and Information Security Podcast
Microsoft Malware Protection Center Blog

 


Setting Up Feedly

Go to the Feedly website and click “Get Started For Free”.

 

Next, you can choose your preferred authentication account. Once you create your account, you’ll be taken to your Feedly homepage. Obviously, you’ll have no sources at the moment. To add a specific source, search for the site in question, for example “alifesecured.com”.

 

All you really have to do is click “Follow”. It’s as simple as that. Feedly organizes files in “Collections”, which is just a way to categorize feeds. For my personal Feedly account, I have a “Security Blogs” and “Vendors”. Each time you search out a site and add it, Feedly will ask where you want it categorized. Over time, this will give you some nice organization for your sites.

 

At this point, you have all you need to get started and add sites. If you want to continue and add my personal RSS feed, feel free to continue on in this tutorial!

Feedly allows for exporting and importing of OMPL files, which are essentially XML files read by RSS readers. This allows you to keep a backup of your feed or share it with others. Before we start, make sure you download my OMPL file.

To Import the file correctly, we need to make sure we have the “Security Blogs” and “Vendors” categories created. Just search out another site. For my example, I just searched “feedly.com” and added it to a “Vendors” category. I’m just using it as a placeholder to import the file correctly. Just remove the “feedly.com” entry after you import the OMPL file.

 

Next, go to “https://feedly.com/i/cortex” and click “Browse”. Navigate to where you downloaded the file and upload it.

 

There we go! A fully imported list of all the sites I keep up with. To confirm, you should see the page below as well as properly categorized feeds on the left pane of the site. Enjoy!