PSA: RSS reader Feedly is now using malware tactics

©2021 Michael Raven

The past week or so, Feedly, an RSS feed reader that I have used for tracking news and information, has decided that they need revenue so bad that every few articles I read, they have used aggressive pop-up ads that redirect me to such lovely web pages that claim that “YOUR DEVICE MAY BE INFECTED!”

Hard redirects. On mobile, I got the popup no matter what. It went away with an uninstall. On web browser (chrome and firefox), the browser blocked multiple attempts to redirect me as I read through my news articles.

I am recommending people switch to inoReader as an alternative. While they sometimes go down, they have never subjected me to what I consider to be malware levels of trash.

This has put Feedly on my “never again” list, even if they correct the issue. Thinking even for one moment that this behavior is appropriate is unacceptable.

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