Access Password-Protected Feeds With Google Reader

Google Reader is easily the most popular web-based RSS reader, but if you've ever tried subscribing to an RSS feed that required password authentication, you're out of luck in Reader. Weblog Digital Inspiration demonstrates a clever trick to circumvent this problem.

Even though Google Reader doesn't support password protected feeds, Google's FeedBurner does — and what's more, it can turn it into a private(ish) feed that you can then subscribe to in Reader. Check out the video and the link for more details.

The only caveat is that the necessary username and password will be in the feed's url — which, with FeedBurner's NoIndex option, shouldn't be indexed in search engines, but many still may not feel comfortable having, say, their Gmail or Twitter password in a public feed URL (and rightfully so). This workaround is still pretty useful for, say, private blogs and other such things.

Subscribe to Password-Protected Feeds inside Google Reader [Digital Inspiration]


    Unless things have changed over at Google in the last month or two, this won't work with 'any private feeds' as the article claims. Anything using simple authentication should be okay, but digest authenticated feeds won't work.

    To get around the digest authentication problem, a friend and I recently came up with the idea of writing a script that digest authenticates a private feed, AES encrypts it and rebroadcasts the result as a public feed. We then implemented a Greasemonkey script which prompts the user for a key to decrypt the feed when Google Reader loads.

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