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Chapter 10. In-House Syndication > Secure Distribution to a Targeted Audience

Secure Distribution to a Targeted Audience

There are two broad paths you can take to limiting access to your podcast. The first is to place limits on the RSS feed that carries the podcast to subscribers. The second is to limit access to the website, or web page, that hosts the RSS code and the podcast file. There are advantages and disadvantages to each, so let’s examine what’s involved.

Controlling Access to the RSS Feed

The basic RSS feed is, of course, simply an application of XML code for allowing two computers to talk to one another. While most RSS feeds are set up to make it easy for any computer that can find the feed to get the content, RSS can also, through third-party services, be set up to require authentication, or confirmation of who the user is through a combination of user name and password.


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