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Google Calendar Spam Is On The Rise And Has Become A Menacing Problem Here’s How You Can Fix It

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Google Calendar Spam Is On The Rise And Has Become A Menacing Problem Here’s How You Can Fix It


Spammers are the most creative folks and when it comes to online life, where there is a will, spammers will find a way, unfortunately. After emails from them started to find a home in Spam folders, they’ve now come up with a new way to infiltrate your personal space. More recently, they have been spilling out into Google Calendar. Now, because of a Google Calendar ‘feature’ (or loophole in this case), spam messages have found a new home in the Calendar service itself.

Calendar spam has gone mainstream. Even though the practice isn't new, it seems more spammers are taking advantage of Google Calendar's default settings. This new “hack” makes use of the Google Calendar feature that automatically detects events and meetings from your Gmail account and adds it to the Calendar for your convenience. But weirdly, this feature also picks up mails from the Spam folder. So even though Gmail classifies spam emails and sends them to the Spam folder, this Calendar feature scans these mails and ineptly adds them to your Calendar.

Clicking on the event description reveals the spam message, which often contains malicious links. The spammers hope users click through to a website that confirms your account is active, where you will subsequently start receiving more unsolicited emails. A worse case scenario could land you on a website that tries to trick you into giving up personal information.

How To block spam from Google Calendar?

Unfortunately, for now, Google hasn’t squashed this bug yet.However, there’s a way where you can stop this from happening.Here’s how you can stop Google from adding spam invitations to your calendar automatically.


Google Calendar Spam Is On The Rise And Has Become A Menacing Problem Here’s How You Can Fix It

  1. Go to the Google Calendar on your desktop and click on the gear icon near the top right of the calendar page.
  2. Select Settings from this drop-down menu.
  3. Choose Event Settings tab from the left sidebar.
  4. Now tap on the Automatically add invitations setting.
  5. Select No, only show invitations to which I have responded option from the dropdown menu.

Alternatively, you can head to the settings in your Calendar app on your phone and disable the Events from Gmail setting. But keep in mind, this also means that your flight info and genuine meetings now won’t automatically be added to your Calendar.Your calendar spam frustrations should now be relieved.

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