We all know the importance of maintaining vigilance when it comes to data security. Keeping up to date on the various threats that face your organization should be a continuing activity. This is especially true when the number and types of threats continue to change.
I recently received an email from AppRiver, my spam and email hosting provider, providing access to their updated 2021 Midyear Global Threat report.
Twice a year, the Zix I AppRiver security research team issues its global email threat and security landscape assessment. This comprehensive report provides an overview of top attack trends, along with helpful tips to help keep your organization safe from hackers.
As a LinkedIn Influencer, I often receive early notification of changes and enhancements to the LinkedIn platform. LinkedIn constantly evaluates the features and functionality of the platform to make sure it fits the needs of users. I wanted you to be aware that an upcoming change is bringing together parts of the LinkedIn Live and Events experiences. The purpose is to enhance any virtual events you may have on LinkedIn.
What Are the Changes?
A scheduled live stream will automatically create a public event post. When you create a Scheduled Live stream from one of LinkedIn’s third-party streaming software partner platforms (Restream, Socialive, StreamYard, and Switcher), it’ll automatically show up on the LinkedIn feed as a new LinkedIn Event post. This change combines the discovery benefits of LinkedIn Events with the viral reach and engagement of LinkedIn Live.
Timing: This change will roll out gradually starting August 2021.
I hope this series on how to use the power of RSS Feeds has shown you what a powerful tool they can be to streamline your information flow. There is one more trick I want to share with you.
Managing Email-only Newsletters
There are some newsletters I subscribe to via email because the publishers only deliver their new content using an emailed newsletter format. There is no corresponding blog post, podcast, or YouTube channel with an RSS feed that can be added to my RSS reader (Feedly). The only way to get the content is to subscribe and have an email hit your inbox. I have a couple of strategies for managing this type of information flow.
In Part 1, I talked about how you can save time using RSS feeds.
In this second part, I want to show you how to find the RSS feed information for most websites.
WordPress is a very popular website creation platform. About 30 percent of the top websites use the WordPress platform. This means there’s a good chance that a website you visit is a WordPress site. Fortunately, WordPress natively offers RSS feeds that are easy to find.
To find a WordPress RSS feed, all you need to do is add “/feed” to the end of the primary URL (www.catalyit.com/feed or www.SteveAnderson.com/feed). You can try this for any website you visit to be updated in your RSS Reader when new content is posted. It almost always works.
If that doesn’t work, here are a few more tricks for finding RSS feeds on other sites.
One of the questions I often get is how I can read and keep up with so much information in an already busy schedule. I use several techniques, and today I want to let you in on one of my secret tools. I use RSS feeds extensively to gather new information from multiple websites into one place.
What is RSS?
An RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed is a service provided by many websites that sends out information when new content is published. Every time a site publishes a new piece of content, details about that content — including either the full text of the content or a summary, publication date, author, direct link, and other information — are automatically generated into a file and displayed in reverse chronological order.
Because the RSS file contains details about every piece of content a site publishes, you can use RSS feeds for things like keeping up to date with every new article your favorite website publishes. You can also automatically create email newsletters or social media posts to promote the new content.
RSS feeds are typically coded in XML format and are unreadable in that native format. This is much like the HTML code for a website. You need a tool to convert the code into readable text and graphics. This is the function of a browser like Chrome or Edge.
So to turn an RSS feed into something readable, you need an RSS reader.