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Spammers invade your Google Calendar. Here's how to stop it



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Is spam in your Gmail inbox not bad enough? Apparently not. Spammers now access your Google Calendar and use Gmail messages to trigger Google Calendar invitations. The spam exploit uses the integration between Gmail and Calendar to send fraudulent invitations that may contain malicious links. Fortunately, using your Google Calendar settings can prevent these spammers from blowing up your calendar.

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Google Calendar displays only the invitations you responded to. So, if there's a sneaky email in your spam folder that triggers a spam calendar event, it will no longer appear on your calendar. Instead, you'll accept all your other meetings and events through Gmail instead of automatically displaying them on your calendar.

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. 1 Open Google Calendar on your desktop.

2. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

3. Click Settings .

4. Tap the reveal arrow next to General on the left side of the screen to display the calendar options.

5. Tap Event Settings .

6. Tap Automatically add invitation settings Select right and then No, only show invitations I've responded to ,

That's it! Now Google Calendar prevents spam emails from triggering invitations to your calendar.

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