Google Calendar is a very convenient service, and even more so because of the many interactions it allows with Gmail. It is indeed able to automatically create appointments from the emails received, and this with a minimum of investment on our part.
However, what is arguably one of its greatest qualities is also one of its worst flaws.
And we had proof of that this summer with the spam campaign launched on Gmail.
Google Calendar and Gmail victims of a spam campaign
Indeed, at the end of August, users of Gmail and Google Calendar had the unpleasant surprise to see dozens of unsolicited appointments appear in their calendars.
Worse, while these dates were relatively easy to delete, they also had the unfortunate tendency to constantly reappear.
Contrary to popular belief, however, the problem was not with Google Calendar, but with Gmail. Ill-intentioned people have indeed taken advantage of the interactions offered between the two services to generate unsolicited appointments from dozens of emails sent.
Fortunately, Google has planned the blow and it is therefore quite possible to block the appearance of these unwanted events.
To do so, all you have to do is connect to Google Calendar. Then, when it's done, click on the toothed wheel at the top right to bring up a menu with various options.
How to protect yourself from spam on Google Calendar?
Now click on the Settings option. A new window will open, with a large number of options of all kinds.
On your side, the one that interests you is in the sub-menu entitled “event parameters”, in “general parameters”.
In this menu, you will have to pull down the drop-down menu associated with the option “automatically add invitations” and then click on the parameter “no, display only the invitations to which I have replied” to prevent Google Calendar from creating new appointments without your consent. Once the option is chosen, only the events to which you respond will appear in your calendar.
And if you want to go further, it is also possible to block the creation of events from Gmail. This time, you have to go to the “events added from Gmail” sub-menu and then uncheck the option called “automatically add events from Gmail to my calendar”.