Security Alert: Your Google (including iPhone or Android) Calendar May Be Set to Public for All the World to See

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Do you use Google Calendar? If you answered “no”, well, are you sure that you don’t use Google Calendar? Because even if you don’t use Google Calendar directly, if you use a calendar on the iPhone, or on an Android phone, you may well be using Google Calendar on the back end without even thinking about it. The same is true if you “share” your calendar from your Mac. And here’s the thing, your calendar on Google may be set to “public” view by default. Meaning that anyone can read your calendar. And it will turn up in public Google search results.

It seems like only just a few days ago that we were talking about what Google’s new privacy policies mean for you. And for them.

Here’s how to check whether your Google calendar is available to anyone on the Internet.


 

First, to find your calendar, go to the Google dashboard (make sure that you are logged in to Google). You will find the Calendar section about half-way down the (very long) page:

calendar-in-dashboard

 

Let’s take a closer look at that listing:


 

 

calendar-is-public

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Security Alert:  Your Google (including iPhone or Android) Calendar May Be Set to Public for All the World to See

 

So, click on the link that says “Manage calendars”:

 

google-calendar-manage-calendars

 

Now you will see this page – click on the “Shared: edit settings” link under “Sharing”:

 

google-calendar-sharing-edit-settings

 

Pay close attention to this next screen!

 

make-this-calendar-public

 

Ok, so to undo this invasion of privacy, you have to do two things:

First, uncheck the box next to “Make this calendar public”, and then be sure to click “Save”! Any other action which involves refreshing the page, clicking away from the page, or otherwise leaving the page, will revert the check box back to being checked:

 

make-google-calendar-private

 

There, now your Google calendar is nice and private. But, shouldn’t it have been to start with?

You can find your Google dashboard here.

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