APPLE HAS SORT-OF FIXED the iCloud Calendar spam issue plaguing iOS and macOS users with the launch of a 'report junk' tool.
Over the past few weeks, iPhone, iPad and MacBook users have complained that unwanted event invitations are appearing in their calendars, as spammers turn their attention to Apple's Calendar service rather than email, effectively bypassing potential spam filters.
These invites, which members of the INQUIRER team have received, tend to come from Chinese companies and promise discounts on 'designer' brands. They are pushed out directly to connected iOS devices and trigger an onscreen notification that must be accepted or denied.
Interacting with a dodgy Calendar invite automatically sends a response to the sender, meaning spammers can easily determine whether a particular account is active.
Apple apologised for the issue last week, saying: "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."
As promised, the firm has finally tackled the issue with the launch of a 'report junk' button, as seen by 9to5Mac, that lets users remove spam invites from their calendar and report the sender to Apple for further investigation.
The feature is available now on iCloud.com, and is expected to roll out to iOS and macOS users in the coming weeks.
Until the fix rolls out to all, there are some quick workarounds. Users can redirect Calendar invites to Mail. To do so, sign into iCloud.com on a Mac or PC, navigate to 'Calendar' and fire-up 'Settings'. From here, select Preferences > Preferences > Advanced, navigate to Invitations and choose Email to [email address].
If you can't be arsed with that long-winded workaround, you can simply turn off Calendar notifications in iOS by heading to Notifications > Calendar in the Settings app. µ
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