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Google adds news spam detection and confirmed business sms



So you know that the appointment confirmation is not spam.
December
13, 2019

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This story originally appeared on Engadget

Companies often send one-time passwords, account alerts, and appointment confirmations by text. But if you've ever received any of these messages, you know they're more likely to come from a random number, and bad actors can take advantage of this by disguising phishing scams as one of those messages. To protect users, Google is reviewing SMS messages from registered companies.

When you receive a message from a verified company, the message thread displays the company name, logo, and confirmation badge. Companies need to sign up to use verified SMS. So far 1

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

Google also adds real-time spam detection. If Google suspects that a message is phishing or trash, messages will display a spam alert. You can improve the function by reporting spam texts and vouching for legitimate company texts.

Credit: Google

All this in addition to Rich Communication Services (RCS), which Google introduced last month. This feature will allow Android users in the US to receive additional messages, such as: For example, you can chat over Wi-Fi, send high-quality messages, and receive read receipts.


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