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Do you know we constantly receive calendar invites on our iPhones? They’re like little digital reminders for all the important things – meetings, birthdays, whatever. But wait, not all of these invitations are real. Some of these are just spam in disguise trying to sneak into our schedules.

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Spam invitation

Spam invitation (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

How to protect your iPhone from spam invitations

Let’s take a look at the top tips and tricks to prevent annoying spam invitations from hijacking your iPhone calendar.

1) Delete the spam calendar invitation

Once a spam invitation lands on your calendar, it’s like an uninvited guest at a party. So what are you doing? Show him the door. Click “Delete” and send the spam invitation. It’s the digital equivalent of saying, “No thanks, I pass.”

Spam invitation (Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson)

Let’s take a look at the tips and tricks to prevent annoying spam invitations from hijacking your iPhone calendar. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

2) Do not click on this link

Spam calendar invitations can be a real nuisance. They clutter your calendar with unwanted events and can even pose a security risk if they contain malicious links. Whatever you do, if you don’t recognize who the message came from, don’t click on the link. It is a trap. Clicking on links from unknown sources can result in downloading malware or sharing personal information with cybercriminals.

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3) Install antivirus software on all your devices

Make sure you always have an antivirus program running in the background in case you accidentally click on a link in one of these calendar invitations. This prevents you from clicking through malicious links that install malware that may gain access to your private information. Having antivirus protection installed on all your devices can also alert you to phishing emails or ransomware scams. Get my pick of the best antivirus winners of 2024 for your Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices.

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4) Remove a spam calendar event that you may have accidentally accepted

Accidents happen, but there is a simple solution:

  • Open calendar
  • Tap on Event you want to get rid of
  • Then tap Delete event
  • Beat Delete event again for confirmation
Steps to remove a spam calendar event you may have accidentally accepted (Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson)

Steps to remove a spam calendar event you may have accidentally accepted. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

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5) Next, you should delete the original spam invitation

Don’t leave it in your inbox:

  • Go to yours Email app.
  • Find the E-mail who sent the spam invitation.
  • Swipe leftt on the email
  • Beat More
Steps to delete the original spam invitation (Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson)

Steps to delete the original spam invitation. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

Move to trash (Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson)

Then click “Move to Trash”. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

6) Protect your iPhone calendar with email aliases

Use a dedicated email alias for calendar subscriptions and event RSVPs. This way, if you ever receive spam invitations, they will be isolated from your main calendar and can be easily managed. By strategically using email aliases, you can maintain a clean and spam-free iPhone calendar, ensuring only legitimate invitations make it to your calendar.

Email aliases also help prevent your personal information from being compromised in the event of a data breach. Learn more about improving the security of your emails here.

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Kurt’s most important findings

It is crucial to remain vigilant and proactive about your digital security. By following these steps, you can keep your calendar—and your iPhone—free from spam and safe from threats. Remember to delete it when in doubt. If you didn’t ask for it, don’t click on it.

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