A few weeks ago many users saw how our calendar featured entries that we had not placed, nor were they created by email invitations from people we knew.
It was a case of spam (or sending unsolicited information) that exploited a vulnerability in Google's calendar to show itself as an event.
That way spammers got us to see that unwanted advertising and, hopefully, click on the links they left, something that should never be done.
Google confirms that it will make the calendar safer
A few hours ago the company launched a brief statement in their support forums explaining that they are working on a way to avoid this kind of spam.
We are aware of the spam that appears on the calendar and we are working diligently to solve this problem. We will post updates to this thread as they become available. Learn to report and eliminate spam. Thank you for your patience.
How to report SPAM on the calendar
In the statement itself a short tutorial is also linked in which it explains how to tell Google that an event is SPAM. For this we must:
- Go to Google Calendar from the computer.
- We double click on the event.
- We select More Actions.
- We mark Report as SPAM.
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How to avoid having more SPAM
In addition to reporting it, we surely want to prevent it from happening again. To do this, until Google improves the way we receive invitations, we must follow these steps:
- We came in Google Calendar from the computer.
- We click on the cogwheel from the upper right corner of the screen.
- Click on the button Configuration.
- We choose Gmail events.
- In the zone of Add invitations automatically we select the option No, show only the invitations I have answered.
- We deactivate the option Automatically add Gmail events to the calendar.