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TechnologyGoogle is working on a fix for malicious Calendar spam

18:40  03 september  2019
18:40  03 september  2019 Source:   engadget.com

How to keep spam from invading your Google Calendar

How to keep spam from invading your Google Calendar Block unwanted ‘invitations’

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Spam filters on email services such as Gmail have been successful in filtering out spam or malicious content. Spammers have now started sending emails with As the calendar applications lack sophisticated features to filter spam , they have become an easy target for exploitation and spamming .

Since at least May of this year, malicious individuals have been sending Gmail users unsolicited Calendar invites. The scam takes advantage of the fact most people have their Google accounts set to automatically add and notify them of Calendar invites. Since these invites can include an accompanying URL, scammers will use Calendar as a Trojan Horse to get individuals onto a phishing website. With the summer winding down, Google now says it's working on a fix for the oversight.

On its official support forum, the company writes it's "aware of the spam occurring in Calendar," and notes that it is "working diligently" to resolve the issue. At the moment, however, there's no estimated timeline for when people can expect a fix.

How to stop Google Calendar invite spam

How to stop Google Calendar invite spam Spam is bad enough in email. Here's how to stop it from invading your calendar too

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If you want to report a problem or tell us something that 's missing from Google Calendar , send us feedback. When to send feedback Things Things you can send feedback about: Something is broken or not working well. You have suggestions for things that should be added to Google Calendar .

In the meantime, you can easily protect yourself against this type of spam by changing how GCal handles event invitations. On a desktop browser, visit the Google Calendar website and click on the cog icon to open the app's settings menu. Then click on "Event settings" and find the option labeled "Automatically add invitations." When you click on it, a drop-down menu with three options will appear. For the time being, the one you want to enable is "No, only show invitations to which I have responded."

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As a further precaution, you'll also want to prevent Calendar from automatically adding events from Gmail. To do this, click on the "Events from Gmail" heading, then uncheck "Automatically add events from Gmail to my calendar." At this point, Google will warn you that this will prevent Calendar from automatically adding events from Gmail, in addition to removing any previously added events. Click okay.

Keep spam out of your Google Calendar

Keep spam out of your Google Calendar Spammers have found a new way to spam your Google Calendar.

Phishing is usually done through email , ads, or by sites that look similar to sites you already use. For example, someone who is phishing might send you an email that looks like it's from your bank so that you'll give them information about your bank account. Phishing emails or sites might ask for

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Unfortunately, neither of these precautions are ideal, as they limit some of the more useful functionality that's available in Google Calendar, but with how frequent these scams have become, better safe than sorry.

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