I just did a quick experiment, and discovered a feature of my newsreader (NewzCrawler) that I didn’t know existed: authentication.
Last week, I wrote about RSS authentication, and said that “aggregators and web servers will need to be able to pass authentication information back and forth so that individual subscribers can subscribe to private RSS feeds.”
Well, if only I’d actually tried this out. Using .htaccess, I restricted access to the following directory:
In that folder is one file, an RSS feed. Unless you have the proper username and password, you cannot access that RSS feed. (Try it: username “test”, password “password”.)