ICalendar Spam - It's Not Just You

Posted: Nov 29 2016, 3:27pm CST | by , Updated: Nov 29 2016, 8:41pm CST, in News | Apple

 

iCalendar Spam - It's Not Just You
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It's been happening to everyone lately - the random pop-ups telling you of events that you have no memory of setting. These spammy invites have been popping up over the last few weeks. There seemed to be an uptick in the amount around Black Friday, where "deals" were coming in from Chinese users. The deals were some of the regulars - cheap Ray-Bans and designer knockoffs.

You've probably wondered about what you could have done to get these notifications, and more importantly, how to turn iCalender notifications off.

If you utilize your calendar for work, invites are going to be a thing you deal with on a daily basis. Still, many of us don't do that.

Spamming people doesn't always make sense, but it seems like millions of people are getting these messages. If only a few people respond, it might be worth it.

So how is Apple fighting against this spam? There are reports that say they are limiting the amount of invites people can send per hour. They could monitor IP addresses to see who is misusing their powers.

Still, Apple can't really see the content of invites because of encrypted data, so they can only really do the basics. 

Over at TechCrunch, they found ways to fix the problem, including:

Choice 1: if you don't use iCloud, open the Settings app on your Mac. Go to iCloud settings and stop iCloud from syncing invitations.

Choice 2: Decline all invites. This will stop reminders which can cut down on the amount of notifications that you get.

Choice 3: Create a new calendar to send all of the events and then delete said calendar.

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