Apple won’t let calendar spam ruin your day (AAPL)
In response to complaints about calendar spam in iPhone and iPad devices, Apple Inc. said it has started work to resolve the issue. The U.S. tech giant has apologized to customers who received calendar spam, according to a report by 9to5Mac.
Many iCloud users, mainly in the US, notice unwanted invitations in the calendar app for products they have never requested. Spam invitations frustrate users as they are incapable of these unsolicited events from anonymous senders, usually with Chinese names. It appears that spammers, possibly from China, are “massively targeting any iCloud email account they can find on the web, rather than targeting specific users.”
Users who have received spam invitations are frustrated and confused as there is no clear solution to this problem. They can now decline invitations to remove the event from their calendar, but that won’t stop spammers from sending more invitations in the future.
According to a Forbes report, Apple should find a permanent solution to the calendar spam problem because “the success of this route to potential customers will become a popular route for spammers.”
The report suggested a possible solution to this issue, noting that the tech giant may update the app to allow customers to mark invitations as spam and blacklisted addresses. Additionally, the report adds that the iPhone maker can do something to stop a flood of invitations from just one source.
“If this can be implemented quickly, calendar spam would be nothing more than a short-term annoyance. If there’s one thing spammers are good at, it’s figuring out how to send a tsunami of messages to turn the small percentage of responses into a successful business, ”the report says.
To temporarily resolve the problem, users have two options. First, you can send all spam requests in a separate calendar and then delete this calendar to get rid of all spam events. Second, you can try changing the iCloud calendar settings from your desktop to invite notifications from “in-app” to “email” and use the email client to filter spam.
In a statement to iPlus, Apple Inc. has acknowledged the problem, claiming that it “actively identifies and blocks suspicious senders” to resolve the issue permanently.
“We are sorry that some of our users are receiving spam calendar invitations. We are actively working to resolve this issue by identifying and blocking suspicious senders and spam in sent invitations,” the company said in the statement.
Apple is expected to release the software update to resolve the issue. It appears the company is working on using spam detection techniques to prevent invitations.
In other news, Apple Inc. is working to fix issues with some iPhone 6s devices. The company has received numerous reports of iPhone 6S phones with a defect causing an unexpected and free shutdown. The tech giant also announced a repair program for iPhone 6 Plus devices with display issues.