Google Calendar Spam Got You Down? A Fix Is on The Way

  • 9 months ago (09-08)
  • Source:AIWebNews

Google is working on a solution to stop spammers from abusing a Google Calendar feature designed to automatically add event invitations to its users’ calendars after receiving countless reports about spam events over the last few months.

Google Calendar Spam Got You Down? A Fix Is on The Way

“We’re aware of the spam occurring in Calendar and are working diligently to resolve this issue,” says a locked post pinned at the top of the Google Calendar Help Community, with the replies disabled.

“We’ll post updates to this thread as they become available.Learn how to report and remove spam. Thank you for your patience,” also adds Google Employee Lesley Pace, the one who shared this info.


How to get rid of calendar spam events

While, at first, this might seem like an innocuous problem, users have been reporting that some of these spam events have redirected them using malicious URLs to phishing landing pages looking to harvest their credentials and even malicious sites designed to spread malware.

To make sure that you won’t fall for the scammers’ tricks and accidentally end up getting one of your devices infected or your credentials stolen, you can disable the feature that adds the spam events automatically to your calendar.

Going through the steps detailed below should block all events you haven’t replied to from being added to your Google Calendar:

  • On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  • At the top right, click Settings menu Settings and then Settings.
  • In the “General” tab, click Event settings and then Automatically add invitations.
  • Select No, only show invitations to which I have responded.

Removing eventsyou haven't replied toRemoving events you haven’t replied to

Google also says that “When you get an email about an event like a flight, concert, or restaurant reservation, it’s added to your calendar automatically.”

Since spammers can also add events to your calendar by abusing this feature and spamming your Gmail account, you will also have to turn off the option to add events from Gmail automatically by following this procedure:

  • Open the Google Calendar.
  • In the top right, click Settings Settings and then Settings.
  • Next to “Events from Gmail,” uncheck the box next to “Add automatically.”
  • At the bottom of the page, click Save.

Events from GmailStop adding events from Gmail automatically

Google Calendar is also actively asking Twitter users who post about events added to their calendars without their knowledge or permission to report spam activity. “When you report one event, all events from that organizer will be removed from your calendar,” says Google.

Users are also advised not to reply to event invites from their smartphones but, instead, to follow the procedure detailed below and report all the events considered being spam:

  • On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  • Double click the event you’d like to report.
  • At the top, click More Actions and then Report as Spam.

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Seeing that Google Calendar is a multi-platform application available for all desktop platforms via the web, as well as for mobile platforms via Android and iOS mobile apps, the number of devices the spammers are reaching with their phishing and malicious campaigns is astronomical, to say the least.

To have an idea of what numbers are involved, just the Google Calendar Android app has been downloaded 1,000,000,000 times so far according to its Play Store entry.

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