Google Calendar, how to block spam

Google Calendar suffers from an annoying problem: spam events. Here's how to block fake appointments from your calendar

In recent days, many Google Calendar users have complained through a series of posts published on Twitter about the increase in the amount of spam displayed within their personal agenda. These are mostly invitations to non-existent events or messages with the usual "mantra" about winning an expensive smartphone or other valuable device.

The technique of spreading spam through Google Calendar is not new, but in recent weeks that this invasive mode has undergone a strong surge and has not gone unnoticed by many users of Google's app. While waiting for Mountain View's engineers to find a definitive solution to block the sending of spam, there is a quick and easy way to prevent the vision of fake appointments within our Google Calendar.

How to eliminate spam on Google Calendar

To not display events and spam messages on Google Calendar just enter the calendar settings by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Within the "General Settings" tab select the "Event Setup" item and within the "Automatically add invitations" box choose the option "No, only show invitations I responded to". This option will allow you to display on the calendar only the events to which you have actually responded, blocking all invitations and spam messages. But there's a catch. From now on, all the events that arrive on Google Calendar will have to be entered manually. A practice that may be inconvenient, but at least it guarantees the blocking of spam.

Google Calendar: report events as spam

Google Calendar also has a feature that allows you to report events deemed spam. Double-clicking on the offending event opens the settings window where you can select the "More Actions" item and then click on "Report as Spam". This operation will automatically delete all the spam on Google Calendar sent by the organizer of that particular non-existent event.