Calendar viruses? Gap in Google Calendar allows event spam. Understand

by Kelvin

Some Google Calendar users are experiencing spam problems with their calendars; learn how to solve this problem on PC and smartphone

For some time, users of the Google Calendar have been suffering some kind of spam attack on your calendar. Uninvited, unacknowledged events, even if they are considered spam or viruses, are automatically appearing in the app's calendar. Google.

  

The problem is not new and is now becoming increasingly recurring in users' calendars. The situation became a topic of discussion again after a user of Reddit draw attention to the event “Your iPhone Xs Max is ready for PickUp”(“Your iPhone Xs Max is ready to be collected”, in free translation) that does not exist.

Basically, spam appears in the calendar via an email containing an invitation to an event that doesn't exist, and it happens even if the email falls on Spam box of Gmail. The calendar will put the appointment on the calendar, regardless of the source or origin of the links.

Google Calendar architecture gives the impression that events are legitimateGoogle Calendar architecture gives the impression that events are legitimate

The architecture of Google Calendar gives the impression that events are legitimate because just having one event on the calendar is already able to trigger notifications about it. In any case, this does not exempt users from having to ascertain whether they have received invitations from trusted contacts or if events included in the calendar are unknown sources.

Being a very personal space, the Google Calendar It is often carefully managed by its users and their interactions. It is invasive that unconfirmed events are automatically added to the calendar without approval. To do this, we have taken a few steps so that users can remove such intrusive content from their calendar. Check it out below:

Addressing Google Calendar Spam Issue

To begin to deal with the annoying situation that at least exposes your PC or smartphone to spam or virus content, you need to face the issue of declining the invitation, and this will cause the content to get scratched in your calendar, disrupting any formatting made.

There is also a way to configure the calendar so that spam is not notified and does not automatically appear in the list of unwanted forms, or that declined events are disorganized on the calendar.

Block adding invitations to calendar

The first step is to prevent the Google Calendar be able to automatically add any invitations that can be sent. This will make invitations no longer available on previously organized tabs, giving users more freedom to choose and better manage their invitations.

  1. In your web calendar app, click the gear icon in the top right corner of the page and select "Settings";
  2. In the menu list on the left, click “Event Settings”;
  3. Look for the setting that says “Add invitations automatically”. Click it for a dropdown menu with three options. Choose what it says: “No, only show invitations I answered”.
Prevent Google Calendar from being able to automatically add any invitations you can sendPrevent Google Calendar from being able to automatically add any invitations you can send

Stop any sent event from ending

Then interrupt the process of Google which invasively adds events to the calendar on the same tab. "Settings"by clicking on the gear. This will cause all events, spam or otherwise, to be added without authorization from the account user.

  1. In the left menu, click “Gmail Events”.
  2. Uncheck “Automatically add Gmail events to my calendar”;
  3. You will receive a warning that “You will no longer see events automatically added from your email. Events previously added to Gmail will be removed. ” Click on OK.
Stop adding any events sent in Gmail to calendarStop adding any events sent in Gmail to calendar

Do not show declined invitations

Finally, if there are previous spam invitations that have already been declined and still exist in your calendar, they appear as scratched items, you can also make them not appear:

  1. Go to “Viewing Options” in the left menu;
  2. Verify that the option “Show declined events” is unchecked.
If you want to get rid of old invitations that have already been declined, they will not appear in your calendar again.If you want to get rid of old invitations that have already been declined, they will not appear in your calendar again.

Resolving the smartphone issue

The procedure on the PC may not affect the way events are displayed in smartphones. To ensure they are declined mobile app, follow the walkthrough below:

  1. Select the three parallel lines in the upper left corner of the Calendar to open the side menu;
  2. Scroll down and select "Settings";
  3. Select "General";
  4. Search “Show declined events” and make sure it is disabled.
To make updates also on your smartphone, just follow the steps in the optionsTo make updates also on your smartphone, just follow the steps in the options

It would be much more convenient if it were guaranteed by Google to disable settings so your users are not exposed to virus, spam, and malware unwanted on calendars. Probably the company may include these factors for future updates.

You have also encountered the same problem with spam events on your Google Calendar? Please leave your experience in the comments and if you were able to resolve the issue.

Source: The verge, Mashable, Wired

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