Just when you thought you finally started to get the upper hand on spam in your inbox the insidious spammers have come with a new twist. Calendar Spam, unwanted meeting requests that popup in your calendar. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, O-boy it will. Here’s what happens.
Calendar spam arrives like all other spam, as an unwanted e-mail. But the problem is it also shows up as a meeting request in your calendar. That means at the time specified in the spam message, time on your calendar will be blocked off, triggering an annoying reminder at the appointed hour.
Your spam filter may still catch it and move it to the junk mail folders. but ignoring calendar spam doesn’t make it go away. Because of the way Microsoft Outlook and Google calendars work, unanswered calendar spam will usually find its way into your calendar.
To stop Microsoft Outlook from automatically accepting meeting requests follow the steps below.
- In Outlook click Tools > options.
- Calendar options.
- Resource scheduling.
- Remove the check mark next to Automatically accept meeting requests and process cancellations.
- Click Ok 3 times and your set.
Outlook Express users don’t need to worry because Express doesn’t have a calendar.
To Fix Gmail
- In Gmail’s calendar go Settings > General tab.
- In the “Automatically add invitations to my calendar”, Put a ? in No, only show invitations to which I have responded
- Click save.
As much as my Yahoo mail account is a spam magnet I haven’t had that problem yet.
if anyone has drop me a comment and we’ll try and get it fixed.
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