Google latest feature will make detection of spam very easy. Companies most times send one-time passwords, account alerts and appointment confirmations through text messaging. They often come from a random number, and bad actors could take advantage of that by disguising phishing scams as one of those messages. To protect users from harm, Google said it will soon verify SMS messages from registered businesses.
When you receive a message from a verified business, the company name, logo and a verification badge will appear in the message thread. Businesses must sign up to use Verified SMS, and so far, 1-800-Flowers, Banco Bradesco, Kayak, Payback and SoFi are on-board. Verified SMS is rolling out gradually in the US, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Mexico, Philippines, UK and Spain.
Google assured that it’s also adding real-time spam detection. When Google suspects a message is garbage, it will flag a spam warning in the Messages. Anyone who receives such a message can help improve the feature by reporting spam texts and vouching for texts from legitimate businesses.
All of this features are in addition to the Rich Communication Services (RCS) that Google introduced last month. Android users in the United States can now get added Messages perks, like being able to chat with family and friends over Wi-Fi, send high-quality messages and get read receipts as well.