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How to Delete iCloud Calendar Spam Without Alerting Spammers

insomniac86

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Oct 13, 2015
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I don't understand why Apple allows total strangers to add events to your calendar just because they have your email address. What a huge oversight.

The industry standard Microsoft Exchange has simply gotten around this by having meeting invites show up as an email. Once you accept, it will then display on your calendar. You can set the same behaviour on icloud.
 

ardchoille50

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I don't understand why Apple allows total strangers to add events to your calendar just because they have your email address. What a huge oversight.
It does not add events to your calendar, it asks permission to do so.. which is a very different thing. The fact that you can either accept or decline serves to prove what I'm saying. Perhaps you meant "I don't understand why Apple allows total strangers to ask permission to add events to your calendar just because they have your email address". I realize you may not see any difference there, but there is a rather large difference there.
 

Analog Kid

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This is probably a good thread to remind people about the Apple feedback mechanism:
http://www.apple.com/feedback/calendar.html

(You might also want to let Ray Ban know what this experience has done to your opinion of their brand. While they may not be the source of it, they certainly have more resources to track down and end the problem.)
 
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sudo1996

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Then it would seem that iCloud has been hacked.
No, they somehow send you invitations, presumably by email address. The article doesn't explain it, and I still have no idea how it works, but I also don't really care as long as it gets disabled.

Anyway, I kept getting this junk and kept deleting it the wrong way, but they stopped anyway.
 

JamJunior

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Nov 28, 2016
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Frankly I'd just as soon delete my calendar application. I never use it other than to sometimes know what the date is by looking at the icon. There are other ways to find out the date, and they don't spam me.
 

C DM

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Oct 17, 2011
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Frankly I'd just as soon delete my calendar application. I never use it other than to sometimes know what the date is by looking at the icon. There are other ways to find out the date, and they don't spam me.
Or just change the option mentioned in the article and be done with it.
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No, they somehow send you invitations, presumably by email address. The article doesn't explain it, and I still have no idea how it works, but I also don't really care as long as it gets disabled.

Anyway, I kept getting this junk and kept deleting it the wrong way, but they stopped anyway.
It's basically via iCloud email, more or less like email spam, just with a calendar event invitation.
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It does not add events to your calendar, it asks permission to do so.. which is a very different thing. The fact that you can either accept or decline serves to prove what I'm saying. Perhaps you meant "I don't understand why Apple allows total strangers to ask permission to add events to your calendar just because they have your email address". I realize you may not see any difference there, but there is a rather large difference there.
You can have Exchage set up to add events to the calendar automatically (still giving you the option to actually accept or decline). It's one of the fairly basic approaches to invitations and can be configured. Gmail and Google Calendar have options to work the same way.
 

jont-fu

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Mar 13, 2008
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FYi, I've tested this method multiple times, and on iOS when you delete the calendar it does notify the person who invited you that you declined the event, even though you never responded.

You should give feedback to MacRumors about this article, as it's misleading and they obviously are just copying other blogs instructions without testing if it really works as claimed.

Thanks for testing this out
 
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Lennyvalentin

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I thought that if I ignored it it would go away after the end of the invitation, which was Friday night. To my surprise the ending day kept extending throughout the weekend.
Yes, this is just ridiculous. Events should automatically expire at the end of the day to which they're scheduled! It's ridiculous that they just keep hanging around forever like goddamned zombies.

Not really an oversight, just how every calendar service works.
That other calendar services also works the same way is not an excuse; of course it's an oversight. When something inconveniences and annoys its users, and especially at this level, it's obviously an oversight.

What about the 'loophole' that allows anyone to send you emails?
Emails are different, because an inbox exists for the very purpose of letting people contact you. A calendar is not intended to be a general way of getting in touch with a random person.
 

macduke

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Jun 27, 2007
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This is such a crappy workaround for the average user. Apple really needs to issue a fix for this. I'm really surprised it has taken this long for the spammers to take advantage of this and that nobody at Apple ever saw the possibility for this to be exploited. Unfortunately I had this happen a few days before these instructions so I've basically alerted them that my email works. My wife has done the same. Now I received several more today and used this method to remove them, but it's probably too late.

When your platform becomes a bastion for spam you run the risk of becoming the next Yahoo.
 

tjleonard

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Jun 25, 2013
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I got another 4 today after getting like 6 or 7 last week. Creating another calendar to delete the appointment is Ok for the one off...but this many in a week, it's kind of silly.

I kind of wish I could just add an external spam filter for all events / emails.
 

C DM

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I got another 4 today after getting like 6 or 7 last week. Creating another calendar to delete the appointment is Ok for the one off...but this many in a week, it's kind of silly.

I kind of wish I could just add an external spam filter for all events / emails.
Have you changed presences to receive the invites as emails?
 

hsotnicam8002

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Mar 13, 2008
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I get alot of this spam too :(
Its obvious that apple is working on a fix, probably come in next ios and macos updates, probably an option to choose that only ppl in contact book can send calendar invites
It's not solved in the latest betas of ios of MacOS.
 
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k9gardner

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Mar 21, 2015
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The proposed solution is not working for me. When I attempt to move the invites to the Spam calendar, I get a message, "Only the organizer of this event can make changes to it." I don't think you can redirect an event to another calendar until it is in the accepted state, can you? Anyway I have now redirected future calendar invites to come in via email instead of going to my calendar, but I guess I have to live with the current ones sitting there until they expire off the calendar. If someone knows how to move a calendar event to the Spam calendar if it doesn't seem to want to go there, I'm all ears.
 

TheBuffather

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Jul 19, 2009
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What really sucks is when an event is added to a shared calendar. For instance, this junk is being added to a calendar set up by my girlfriend for family events. If the invite gets into that calendar, it shows up for me too. But since it's in a shared calendar, it doesn't allow me to move it to a "spam" calendar and delete the calendar along with the invite. Of course, she just deleted the invite... not knowing she shouldn't do that. Ugh.
 
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Idontknownuthin'

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Nov 29, 2016
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What? It's so much easier than all this guys (and gals). Disable the "Events found in apps" option on your iPhone located in Settings > Calendar. It's the last option on the screen.

If your Default Calendar is your iCloud calendar, then that explains why they're appearing on your iCloud calendar. The description even says: Turning this off will delete any unconfirmed event suggestions and prevent suggestions from appearing in the Calendar app.
[doublepost=1480442849][/doublepost]On my iPad, I went to iCloud calendar settings (Don't know where to find what u said-"settings/calendar, last option"), and changed On to Off. Well, that did delete the spam notice, however, it deleted Everything on my calendar!!! Now don't know how to get it all back. Tried your idea first cause it was the simplest, but simple not always better for a simpleton such as myself.
 

davidg4781

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Oct 28, 2006
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What email are y'all getting this on? I have several email accounts on my Mac and iPhone. Work (Exchange), Gmail, and iCloud. The address on these is my Gmail address... but my Gmail address is also my Apple ID (since it can't be an iCloud account, at least it couldn't when I signed up years ago).

I'm considering removing my Gmail account completely from both Mac and iPhone to see if that works. I get 0 spam to my iCloud account so I'm thinking this is coming to Gmail. I don't have Gmail calendar turned on, so that's what makes this a little confusing.
 

tennisproha

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Jun 24, 2011
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What? It's so much easier than all this guys (and gals). Disable the "Events found in apps" option on your iPhone located in Settings > Calendar. It's the last option on the screen.

If your Default Calendar is your iCloud calendar, then that explains why they're appearing on your iCloud calendar. The description even says: Turning this off will delete any unconfirmed event suggestions and prevent suggestions from appearing in the Calendar app.
This is a different thing. It's for event suggestions, not event invites.

Suggestions are something like a date and time you receive in Mail or other app tentatively gets added as an event.
Invites are active invites sent by someone to you.
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That would be my guess too. My experience is also that Google is better than Apple to filter spam. Maybe that's an upside to Google reading all my mails… :rolleyes:
#SilverLining
 

bungiefan89

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Apr 5, 2011
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What about a fix for MAC users in MacOS/Mac OS/OSX/OS X/El Capitan/10.11???

Aside from my ancient iPod Touch still rocking iOS6, I don't have any of the mobile devices this problem is affecting but I'm still getting these garbage ads. How do I solve it in Mac OS?
 

C DM

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Oct 17, 2011
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What about a fix for MAC users in MacOS/Mac OS/OSX/OS X/El Capitan/10.11???

Aside from my ancient iPod Touch still rocking iOS6, I don't have any of the mobile devices this problem is affecting but I'm still getting these garbage ads. How do I solve it in Mac OS?
Wouldn't the same method of creating a new calendar and moving things apply to doing it on a desktop just as well? And the change in preferences to deliver invitation via email is just done from the iCloud.com website, which can be accessed through pretty much any desktop browser.
 
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tennisproha

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The iCloud fix is not a fix as it only stops notifications from coming in. The event still shows.

Also, I'm not able to send invites myself. The invitee never receives the invite. Is Apple blocking them across the board atm? Can someone confirm they can't receive invites either?
 

lewnworxx

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Mar 19, 2015
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Yup. Get em by the dozen per day.

Annoying as ****.

Almost as annoying as the daily "would you like to update to the next OS version" crap.

No I don't want to ****ing update to the next version. I still use Firewire Audio, and since Apple took that out of the latest OS releases I would lose all connectivity to my mixing console. I'm not replacing a console that costs 10X what the computer is because Apple could give a **** about Firewire Audio.
 
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jusacruiser

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Mar 15, 2009
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It does not add events to your calendar, it asks permission to do so.. which is a very different thing. The fact that you can either accept or decline serves to prove what I'm saying. Perhaps you meant "I don't understand why Apple allows total strangers to ask permission to add events to your calendar just because they have your email address". I realize you may not see any difference there, but there is a rather large difference there.
Not so fast.....the "accept or decline" message is no proof at all. The reality is that when the user receives the "accept/decline" pop-up, it creates a cryptic dilemma, just the same as if it were email spam. Does "declining" a calendar event, only alert the sender that somebody is actually reading it.....thus inviting more calendar spam at a future date? I'm sorry, but "been there, done that."
 

C DM

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Yup. Get em by the dozen per day.

Annoying as ****.

Almost as annoying as the daily "would you like to update to the next OS version" crap.

No I don't want to ****ing update to the next version. I still use Firewire Audio, and since Apple took that out of the latest OS releases I would lose all connectivity to my mixing console. I'm not replacing a console that costs 10X what the computer is because Apple could give a **** about Firewire Audio.
Dozens spam invitation a day? Sounds like you got onto some spam lists somewhere.

Daily OS update reminders? Where does that come up?
 
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