Apple relies on users to deal with calendar spam

Apple relies on users to deal with calendar spam

Apple is known as a manufacturer that is always looking to offer a simple and intuitive approach to technological matters, so the way that Tim Cook & Co. are dealing with the recent outbreak of junk invitations on iCloud's calendar is not surprising but requires a bit of effort from the user's side.

The company implemented a “report junk” button on iCloud.com, which allows users to manually report any spam that they have received in the form of invites. The problem drew a lot of attention around this year's Black Friday, as a lot of users were “bombarded” with fake calendar invites, most of which were sent from scammers, mainly from Chinese domains.

Before the “report junk” feature was added, if a person decided to just delete these fraudulent appointments, very often the endeavor would be counterproductive as this action informed the spammer that the account is active and usually this resulted in more phony requests. With the new addition from Apple this is no longer the case, but manually marking each invitation can be a rather time-consuming undertaking. Furthermore, the junk marking feature is currently only available on iCloud.com, but a future iOS update should enable this function for the iPhone and iPod.

source: BBC

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4 Comments

1. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1296; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

To be fair virtually every single E-mail client has this feature. This is meant to help the client learn what E-mails are spam.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You are correct, though I have never needed to use it once on my Gmail account, and I've had it for about 8 years now.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I rely on my calendar quite a bit so I'm pretty grateful that I don't have to deal with this nonsense. I can't say that Apple's solution is a good one, but I suppose it'll do until they actually fix the issue. What they need to do is provide a control that only allows event invites from people already in your contacts, or maybe from an Apple sponsored registry of companies that are legitimate and adhere to ethical business practices, and will discontinue invite requests if prompted by the user or face penalties as a result. It really is a pretty basic and straight forward solution.

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