Roughly 1.2 billion people across the world use Google Calendar. If you’re like many business owners, you use your calendar to keep track of both business and personal commitments. From your monthly staff meetings to your family’s extracurricular activities, Google’s ability to create and share multiple calendars makes it easy to use for a range of tasks. Of course, that also makes it easier for scammers to infiltrate.
What Calendar Spam Looks Like
If you have lots of important information on your calendar, you may not notice the spam right away. At first glance, it probably looks like any other reminder on your phone. The difference is it isn’t one you added. The reminder could be telling you to pick up your iPhone or might be inviting you to a random event that you have no recollection of. The spam comes in the form of a link as well. Those links can help the scammer collect vital information, such as logins and passwords. For this reason, it is very important not to click a link if you see something on your calendar that you don’t remember adding or discussing in the past.
How To Stop Scammers From Adding to Your Calendar
Luckily, you don’t have to stand idly by and wait for scammers to continue to infiltrate your calendar. Look to the top right of your screen when you’re viewing Google Calendar in your browser window. Click on it and click on “Settings.” On the next page, you’ll see a column on the left. Click on “Event Settings” and find the box that says, “Automatically add invitations.” From there, you can choose to only show invitations you’ve responded to on your calendar. In the same column, there will also be a row named “Events from Gmail.” You’ll also want to uncheck the box that automatically adds events from your Gmail account. However, when doing this, keep in mind that automatic additions, such as dinner invitations or flight information, won’t be added anymore.
Protecting Yourself in the Future
Of course, you’ll want to protect yourself from Google Calendar scammers in the future, which means ensuring anyone who has access to your calendar information knows how to protect themselves as well. Whether your employees can add important meetings to your calendar, or your spouse can add family events to it, they should know how to turn off automatic additions. Be sure everyone knows not to click on links they don’t remember adding to the calendar as well. By learning how to protect yourself from spam, you protect your personal information as well as that of your employees and clients.