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Apple working to stop iCloud Calendar spam

Many iCloud users are finding unwanted entries in their iCloud Calendar but the good news is Apple is aware and is working on a fix.

Apple has said that they are aware of the issue and confirmed to iMore that the company is working on a mechanism to block the spam invites.

We are sorry that some of our users are receiving spam calendar invitations. We are actively working to address this issue by identifying and blocking suspicious senders and spam in the invites being sent.

Because iCloud calendar invites are sent to an iCloud calendar automatically and appear by default, there’s no easy way to just ignore them without interacting with them so there’s no real way to easily stop the spam.

By interacting with an invite, whether that be accepting it, declining it, or even choosing maybe, tells the source that the email is legitimate. The ultimate fix is for Apple to fix the issue but until they do then users suffering from spam iCloud calendar entries have two options.

The first is by logging in to iCloud via a web browser and accessing the Calendar settings (Click the cog, go to Preferences, then choose Advanced). From here you can choose to receive all event invitations as email. Emails can be more easily ignored and deleted. This will stop the invites automatically being added to your iCloud calendar until you accept them.

The second is a little more complicated but involves creating a new Calendar, called Spam for example, and then move the spam invitation to the Spam calendar. Once you’ve enough in there just delete the Calendar entirely. This method does not inform spammers that an event has been declined and does not verify an iCloud account’s validity.

The good news is Apple is working on a fix so fingers crossed we see that come through soon.

Drop us a comment below if you’ve been heavily affected by this issue.

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