While users were sleeping peacefully and nothing was suspected, scammers and spammers for several years tried to get into their Google Calendars, and they still turned out. That is why in the last few weeks, all foreign and our media are full of headlines about fraud and phishing attacks to Google Calendar.
Default popular the app itself adds events to your calendar whenever you receive an invitation, even if you have not pressed the Accept button. For anyone, who can send you invitation, it is the easiest way to get to your Google Calendar, so that later there spam. Worse, even if you carefully decline incoming events that seem unfamiliar to you, the Calendar will still continue to regularly show all previously declined event — this means that all those fake links also will be stored in your uchetku.
Fortunately, some changes in the Google Calendar settings that are available by default, you can prevent the automatic addition of these phishing links in the event list:
- Open Google Calendar on the computer because the first option you want to configure is not available in mobile version.
- Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner and then click Settings.
- Go to the Event.
- Find the option Automatically add invitations and open the drop-down list.
- Select No, only show invitations to which I have responded. This will prevent the emergence of invitations that you accepted or rejected, in your calendar.
- Go to the view Mode.
- Make sure the check box Show declined events removed. It will remove any declined events from your calendar.
- Finally, find the section Events from Gmail and uncheck Automatically add events from Gmail to my calendar.
After you have made these changes on your computer, make sure that rejected events are also no longer displayed on the mobile device:
- Open the Google Calendar.
- Click the icon “hamburger”to open the sidebar.
- Swipe down and click Settings.
- Hit Total.
- Disable the slider next to Show declined events.
Finally, since these fake events are often sent through mass mailings via e-mail, make it a habit to mark and to report suspicious letters or invitations that you receive in Google.
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