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Google adds spam detection and verified sms to messages



So you know that confirmation of meetings is not spam.


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This story was originally featured on Engadget

Companies often send one-time passwords, account alerts and confirmation of meetings via text. But if you've ever gotten one of these, you know they tend to come from a random number, and bad actors can take advantage of it by hiding phishing scams as one of these messages. To protect users, Google will soon verify SMS from registered companies.

When you receive a message from a verified company, you see the company name, logo and a verification badge in the message thread. Companies must register to use confirmed SMS, and so far 1

-800-Flowers, Banco Bradesco, Kayak, Payback and SoFi are on board. Verified SMS is gradually being rolled out in the US, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Google also adds real-time spam detection. When Google suspects a message is phishy or junk, it displays a spam warning in Messages. You can help improve the feature by reporting spam texts and verifying texts from legitimate companies.

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All of this is in addition to Rich Communications Services (RCS) that Google introduced last month. Thanks to this feature, Android users in the US can get added notification benefits, such as being able to chat over Wi-Fi, send high quality messages and get read receipts.


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