Users of the open source RSS Guard feed reader can block all cookies coming into the application. The app handles cookies by default, but a recent update introduced the ability to disable this behavior.
Most RSS feeds can be read and updated without cookies. Only some require cookies, usually to access otherwise blocked content.
An RSS Guard user noticed that RSS Guard writes a lot of data to disk. After further investigation, the user identified Reddit’s RSS feeds as the culprit. Monitoring revealed that three subscribed Reddit streams wrote 8 gigabytes of data to disk in less than 24 hours. Reddit’s RSS feed sends cookies and RSS Guard manages them by default.
All the other streams weren’t sending cookies, which meant they wouldn’t write to disk because of it.
To note: All writes occurred to the RSS Guard config.ini file. Windows users find the file under C:Users[Username]AppDataLocalRSS Guard 4config. The cookies section of the file lists all current cookies.
There’s no reason for that, because feeds update without cookies. Users may want to block cookies in RSS Guard to avoid similar scenarios.
Luckily, the cookie blocking feature was added in a recent update by the app’s core developer. The feature is not enabled by default. The following section explains how to configure RSS Guard to block all cookies when fetching RSS feeds.
- Open the RSS Guard application on your system. RSS Guard is available for several operating systems, but the setting is available in all of them.
- Check Help > Check for Updates to make sure you’re using the latest version. Cookie blocking behavior was introduced in version 4.2.3 of the app. The last version is 4.2.4 at the time of writing.
- Select Tools > Settings or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-S.
- Go to Network & Web & Tools.
- Check the box “Do not accept incoming cookies” under Network.
- Select OK to apply the change.
That’s all there is to it.
Now you: Which RSS feed reader do you use? Does it accept cookies?