Google announced on Thursday that users will now get notifications about spam in the Messages app and be able to block harmful accounts.
Companies often send one-time account alerts, passwords, and appointment confirmations via text message. These notifications are usually sent from a random number so scammers can easily trap users with fake texts.
When such messages are received, the new Google feature generates an in-app warning, that also has a red spam icon, familiar to Gmail users. “With Spam protection for Messages, we warn you of suspected spam and unsafe websites we’ve detected.
If you see a suspected spam warning in Messages you can help us improve our spam models by letting us know if it’s spam or not,” Google said in a release. The feature has already been released in various countries across 2019 and is now available to users in the US.
With this new feature, users can also block the entire conversation from numbers which they have received spam messages from. Adding to this, Google added another security function, Verified SMS, that checks on a per-text basis whether a business texting you is what it claims to be.