How Much Risk Is There Of Infecting My Computer With A Virus, A Trojan Horse, A Worm, Adware, Spyware Or Other Malicious Software When Using RSS?
The risk of infecting a computer with malicious software when installing an RSS feed reader program is precisely the same as when installing any other program. With any program recommended by one of the reputable email newsletters the risk is very low. After downloading and before installing any program, be sure to virus scan the program's distribution file (the file you downloaded) using an anti-virus program with an up-to-date virus definition list. When installing the program, carefully check the licence agreement for any mention of adware or spyware elements before agreeing to its terms.
The risk of infecting a computer with malicious software when using an RSS feed reader is zero, according to several reliable sources. The inherent design of the RSS protocol means that when an RSS feed reader program is used no software can be installed on your computer, nor can any modifications be made to the files and settings stored on the computer.
I've been investigating RSS readers and aggregators. Does anybody know what, if any, risk there might be of malware attacks by using aggregators, etc?