How to Block Invitation Phishing in Google Calendar

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Written by: Jay H.

Phishing is a major threat for individuals and organizations alike. In fact, phishing is the number one cause of cyber attacks, costing businesses an average of $4.65 million per breach! One method cybercriminals use for phishing campaigns is malicious Google Calendar invitations. Thankfully, Google has released a new method to block Google Calendar invitation spam. Here’s how you can block invitation phishing in Google Calendar.

“To help keep your Google Calendar free from spam, you can now select an option to display events on your calendar only if they come from a sender you know,” said the Google Calendar developers. “If you select this option, you still get email event invitations from unknown senders, but they appear on your calendar only after you accept.”

This feature is rolling out to all Google customers, including G Suite Basic and Business users. According to Google, senders you know include people with the same company domain as you, people in your contacts list, and people you’ve interacted with before.

You can also choose to have all invitations appear on your calendar, or only those you accept.

Google Calendar Event settings showing the "Add invitations to my calendar" setting

Source: Google Workspace

By changing your event settings to only add invitations to your calendar if the sender is known, you can block spam Google Calendar invitations and thwart many phishing attacks.

All it takes is one click for a phishing attack to devastate your organization. Enable this security setting to help protect you and your business from sophisticated phishing campaigns.

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