Google adds better anti-spam and anti-phishing measures to Android SMS app

Posted 31 December 2018 15:42 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Google will add better anti-spam measures in its Android ‘Messages’ app.  The company is testing a feature that is also better able to detect phishing messages in the company’s own official text-messages app. For now, the feature is only rolled-out to a select group of beta testers.

With the feature, text-messages (also known as SMS) of which Google suspects they contain spam or phishing messages are automatically filtered. To be able to perform the filtering, Google needs to analyze the content of the messages. For that, Google requests permission of the user.

When Google analyzes the messages it searches for suspected patterns such as how it’s written, what language is used and the phone number of the sender of the message.

Initially the feature will become available for users int he United States, where text-messages are still very popular.

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