Hackers and spammers have never lagged behind in finding out a way to add malicious links to the user’s PC. And this time, they have come up with something new. Their targets are nobody else but Gmail users who use Google Calendar so that they don’t miss out on upcoming events.
They have found out a new way to access their Google Calendar without their permission. There is an ambiguity in Google Calendar that it shows event invites by default. Spammers are making use of this ambiguity to add malicious links and other offensive content.
There always arises a question in users mind if something can be done about it or not. Fortunately, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” Obviously, the first thing that you can do is tighten the privacy of your email by marking junk mails as spam and implementing high-end control settings.
The second thing you can do is have an antivirus solution on your device such as McAfee that can be easily downloaded via mcafee.com/activate
How to Configure Google Calendar settings
Steps to restrict Calendar from adding invites automatically
Google Calendar adds event invites automatically to the calendar and to turn this feature off, do the following:
- First of all, tap on the “settings” icon.
- After this, click on the “Event Settings” option which you will find in the left sidebar.
- Now, click on the arrow which is present next to “Automatically add invitations”.
- In the end, choose the option that reads, “No, only show invitations to which I have responded” and this action will restrict the Calendar from automatically adding invites.
Stop Calendar From Adding Events From Gmail
The Calendar also takes events into account directly from Gmail and sometimes the invites go directly to the spam folder instead of your inbox. That is the reason why you find these invites on your Calendar. In order to turn off this feature of Gmail:
- Click on the Settings icon that looks like a gear to access the “Settings” of your Calendar.
- In this step, tap on “Events from Gmail” to stop Google Calendar from adding events.
- Here you have to deselect the entry for “Automatically add events from Gmail to my calendar”.
- To confirm your action click on the “Ok” option.
Steps to hide the declined calendar invites
At times, the spammy calendar alerts declined by you could be seen in the Calendar in the crossed-out form. In order to disable the feature:
- Navigate to the “settings” menu of the Calendar.
- Here, tap on the “View options” which is available in the left sidebar.
- Unmark the entry for the option that reads, “Show declined events”. This action will completely delete the invites from your Calendar.
To sum up –
You can also configure many other settings of Google Calendar in order to safeguard it from the spamming attacks by Mcafee Activate. The above-mentioned settings can also be done using your mobile phone. Recently, this scam has been reported by a large number of people. Although you can take safety measures such as changing the settings or using antivirus, Google has not released any cover from escaping this situation.