Can the Spam!

I’ve recently seen several references to something called RSS in relationship to Email spam. What is RSS?

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) reader software can be useful in significantly reducing spam. A free download, RSS readers enable users to set up feeds from online resources that offer this technology. Whenever one of these resources is updated, a link appears in the user’s RSS reader, not through an Email notification. This means educators don’t need to subscribe to listservs, which are often vulnerable to spam, or constantly revisit sites to stay up-to-date. Conversely, if your school site offers RSS capability, parents, students, and staff can use an RSS reader to be notified of site updates without worrying about e-mail or listserv messages from the school being blocked by a spam filter.

Two popular RSS Readers are SharpReader for Windows and Shrook 2 for Mac.

Submitted by: Susan Brooks-Young

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