For the past few months, a method of spamming Google accounts via Calendar has made the rounds. For stopping Google Calendar spam, Google is working to fix it.
A very brief post on Google’s support forums confirms the company is aware of this spam issue that has been affecting users. The company says that it is working diligently to resolve the problem, but at the moment, there’s no timeline attached to that.
For those unaware, Google Calendar spam takes advantage of a function that automatically imports events from Google’s Gmail. While users are accustomed to seeing and avoiding spam in email form, Calendar is a trusted application that makes it easy to catch people off-guard. Many of the spam “events” lately have been related to free iPhones and other products that simply try to get users to click on a link.
Spammers Start Targeting Google Calendar
Spam has traditionally been sent via email. And everyone in the world who has been on the internet for a few hours will have been targeted by it. But while spam is annoying, email filters means spam rarely makes it to your inbox these days.
However, that hasn’t put spammers out of business. Instead, they have just looked for new avenues to spread their nonsense. Which now includes Google Calendar. Thankfully, there’s a temporary fix, and Google is now working on a more permanent solution.
In a post on the Google calendar Help Center, Google says that it is aware of the spam occurring in Calendar and are working diligently to resolve this issue. In fact, there is no timeline as to when the fix will be issued, with Google thanking us for our patience.
Regardless, it’s good to know Google is working on a fix. And in the meantime there’s a simple way to stop Google Calendar spam. This will limit some aspects of Google Calendar, hence it isn’t a permanent fix, but it will at least stop the spam.
How to Stop Google Calendar Spam
If you want to stop Google calendar spam you need to go through these steps:
- At first, go to Google Calendar on the web.
- Then click the Settings cog and open Settings.
- Scroll down to Event Settings.
- Click “Automatically add invitations” and select “No, only display invitations to which I have replied”.
- Scroll down to Events From Gmail.
- Uncheck “Automatically add events from Gmail to my calendar”.
Changing these two settings should prevent you from being hit with Google Calendar spam. First, events sent to Gmail won’t automatically be added to Google Calendar. Secondly, invitations will only be displayed if you have replied to them.
It’s relatively easy to fix this problem in the interim, but clearly, Google Calendar needs an official fix for this spam issue. It’s a shame we don’t know when that’s coming, but hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later.
We’re aware of the spam occurring in Calendar and are working diligently to resolve this issue. We’ll post updates to this thread as they become available. Learn how to report and remove spam. Thank you for your patience.
Any efforts to combat spam should be welcomed with open arms, especially when the spammers find a new way to reach us.