Readers Digest December 18, 2020 – How to Stop (and Remove) iPhone Calendar Spam
It’s not only annoying—it can also be dangerous. Here’s what you can do to get rid of invasive iPhone calendar spam…
How to prevent notifications
Preventing notifications is one of the best ways to minimize spam from invading your calendar. An important tactic is to change your calendar settings. “Make sure none of your devices (iPhone, Mac, Outlook) are set up to auto-accept calendar invites,” advises Steve Tcherchian, Chief Product Officer and CISO for XYPRO Technology, a cybersecurity analytics company. “Although this may be very convenient for busy people, this setting is being used as a vulnerability to insert unwanted entries that popup spam into your calendar.”
Since anyone with your email can send calendar invites, adds Hatter, “you can block their email address and/or report their invites as junk.” Another option? “Create a ‘burner’ email address for sharing that is not connected to your primary account so that spam will go there.”
How to delete iPhone calendar events
Removing unwanted or suspicious calendar events is simple and can be done in a few ways. One method is deleting each invite individually. All you have to do, Tcherchian says, is “open the calendar app, open the event, and click Delete Event, if it’s available. If you can’t delete it, just leave it and ignore it. Don’t click Decline and do not click on any links within the calendar.”
However, if your calendar is overrun with unsolicited invites, the easiest thing to do is to create a “new” calendar. You can move all the events into this calendar and eliminate all the junk invites in one fell swoop when you delete the recently created calendar. “If you are prompted to Delete and Don’t Notify, choose that [option] to ensure the spammers are not notified,” advises Hatter. Another option is removing the calendar app entirely. Just make sure you never delete an app without doing these four things first.
How to delete iPhone calendar completely
One of the best ways to handle invasive iPhone calendar spam is to delete your calendar completely. Beginning anew can be a logical and helpful way to untangle yourself from all the unsolicited events infiltrating your calendar. Removing calendars is easy with simple steps to follow. Here’s how to do it, says Tcherchian: “On iOS 14, go to Settings > Calendar > Accounts > Subscribed Calendars. Select the calendar you want to delete, and select Delete Account.” You can also opt for a different calendar entirely, instead of the built-in one, since many calendar apps are compatible with iPhones. After you decide what to do, learn these hidden iPhone hacks you probably don’t know about.
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Steve Tcherchian, CISSP, PCI-ISA, PCIP is the Chief Product Officer and Chief Information Security Officer for XYPRO Technology. Steve is on Forbes Technology Council, the NonStop Under 40 executive board, and part of the ANSI X9 Security Standards Committee.
With over 20 years in the cybersecurity field, Steve is responsible for the strategy and innovation of XYPRO’s security product line as well as overseeing XYPRO’s risk, compliance, and security to ensure the best experience for customers in the Mission-Critical computing marketplace.
Steve is an engaging and dynamic speaker who regularly presents on cybersecurity topics at conferences around the world.