Google wants to make SMS sending to Android OS users safer, and has announced that it is carrying out an update to Android Messages application. Then come two new features that promise greater protection against phishing attacks and spam messages.
According to Roma Slyusarchuk, Software Engineer at Messages, in an official Google blog post SMS messaging is a useful tool for many businesses, however many cybercriminals take advantage of it to try to steal information from the most unwary users or to install malicious software on their smartphones.
Google has launched a new feature that wants to help users confirm that the SMS they receive is not phishing or fraud attempts. Now each time they receive a message from a particular company or service, a “verification badge” will appear next to the entity's name. According to Roma Slyusarchuk, “Verified SMS” will first reach nine countries, the United States, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, the Philippines, Spain and Canada, and are then gradually launched into other territories.
As for spam protection, the new feature announced by Google will warn users if they receive more suspicious SMS. The feature has been available in a number of countries since last year, but is now making its debut in the US.
For North American users of the Android Messages application, also came the RCS (Rich Communication Services) system. This was confirmed by Sanaz Ahari, Google's product manager, who mentioned in her Twitter account the availability since December 9th. Google aimed to launch the new text communication technology before the end of 2019 and asked users to update the app.
The tech giant has been developing and implementing, albeit timidly and limitedly, the RCS system for Android under the name Google Messages. In September 2018, the technology giant partnered with Samsung to try to consolidate communication technology to a wider audience. The main objective is to find a more effective alternative to the SMS system.