This is how you protect yourself against spam and phishing on Google Calendar

Fraudsters are always looking for new ways to get our personal information. Typically, Gmail successfully filters out spam and phishing emails. So we don’t have to deal with the messages that promise us money. The calendar, however, doesn’t seem to do that.

Spammers and malicious people keep finding new ways to bother us, waste our time and get our personal information. This time they managed to outsmart Gmail’s automatic spam filter.

Spammers use a standard Google Calendar setting. Because the calendar automatically creates an appointment when we receive an email with information about an appointment. This also happens if the email has been filtered out and ends up in the spam folder. These appointments usually contain links to websites that have been specially created to access data such as passwords or credit card numbers.Artem Russakovskii@ArtemR

This form of spam is getting really annoying @googlecalendar.

Daily recurrence too.

Turns out my mom has been getting them too and didn’t know how to get rid of them, which made her eventually despise Google Calendar until she told me and I got rid of the event.

Anyone else?

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How can you protect yourself against phishing in Google Calendar?

It’s very simple: Simply deactivate the default setting so that appointments from emails no longer automatically create a calendar entry. To do that you have to:

  •  Open the Google Calendar app
  • Opens the menu on the left
  • Select the item Settings
  • Selects the point Automatic events from Gmail  Add from
  • Deactivate the switch for your email addresses

Logically, this means that no appointments are created automatically at all. So you have to manually check which dates appear in your emails.

Have you ever been affected by this new type of spam?

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