Published: Fri, December 13, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google Messages adds new feature that protects you from spam

Google Messages adds new feature that protects you from spam

"In addition to enhancing messaging on Android with Rich Communication Services (RCS) and bringing you helpful features with Messages, we also want to provide a safer messaging experience", Google's Roma Slyusarchuk writes.

Google's Sanaz Ahari said today that RCS is now available to all Android users in the U.S. Ahari, who is a lead for Google's communications suite that includes Messages, Duo, and Phone, explains that you should be sure your on the latest versions of the Messages and Carrier Services app to be able to activate RCS. In the same piece of news, Google announced that it's adding Spam protection for Messages, a new feature that will warn Android users about suspected spam and unsafe websites it detects. Google mentions 1-800 Flowers, Banco Bradesco, Kayak, Payback, and SoFi as businesses that support the feature right now, and Google supports it as well, of course.

Now when you receive a text from a odd number, Google will verify if it came from a legitimate business. Messages are verified on a per-message basis.

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Google said it created this feature to help users trust the messages they receive, especially for "things like one-time passwords, account alerts or appointment confirmations".

Just like the Verified SMS feature, Google said Spam Protection would work without sending the user's SMS message to Google's servers, keeping conversations private. This feature works by showing a notification bar at the top of the Messages app when the app believes a newly-received message contains the markers of a classic SMS spam text. Verified SMS is rolling out gradually in the US, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Mexico, Philippines, Spain and the UK. More countries will come onboard soon, Google says.

It's part of Google continued efforts to reduce spam.

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