Sunday, October 02, 2005

Private Feeds

Many aggregators don't handle password-protected feeds well: some don't support it at all, and some do support it (either fully or with the user ID and password in the URL) but aren't very secure. What if you used hard to guess feed URLs? For example:
http://myhost/feeds/[big cryptographically unique ID]
It works with any reader. If it leaks out, others won't be able to access your account (they don't have your real password). On the down side, if you subscribed to this feed in something like Bloglines, wouldn't Bloglines index it so other users could search it? Of course Bloglines supports embedding the user ID and password in the URL. Does Bloglines index these feeds?