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Visual Defence uses Really Simple Syndication (RSS) to help keep you updated with just the news you need.

You can subscribe to the feed and have the latest news delivered directly to your inbox or RSS feed reader.

What is RSS?

RSS is a machine-readable content-syndication specification. This allows content to be retrieved by computer programs (called 'readers' or 'aggregators', see below) that then delivers it to you. In other words, instead of going to a website to read the latest news, the content comes to you. Furthermore, RSS allows you to bring together the content from several different sites in one single location (a single web-page or a desktop application).

RSS comes in two main flavours: RSS 1.0 (RDF or Rich Site Summary) and RSS 2.0 (Really Simple Syndication). Although there are key differences between the two standards, in most instances the distinction is transparent to the end user.

How do I use it?

RSS content is commonly referred to as a 'feed'. This is simply an XML (EXtensible Markup Language) file containing a list of available content. Simply copy (right-click the link and select 'copy link location') and paste the feed's web address into your favourite reader to subscribe. Once subscribed, the reader software periodically checks the feed for new content and downloads any updates it finds.

Which reader should I use?

There are numerous readers available for different platforms. Some, such as Google Reader, are web-based and don't require you to install any software on your machine. Others, such as Mozilla FireFox supports RSS feed bookmarking, are integrated into browsers and some readers, such as Mozilla Thunderbird, are stand-alone programs. Choose the one you are most comfortable with and it will likely be compatible with the majority of RSS formats.