Friday, 15 February, 2019

Google starts rolling out new Spam protection feature for Android phone users

Google starts its spam protection feature for text messages Google starts rolling out new Spam protection feature for Android phone users
Sherri Watson | 31 December, 2018, 22:48

Based on a support page that has since been deleted, the feature does send some information back to Google (like the numbers behind incoming messages), but strips out data that could identify you personally, and the message content.

According to Android Police, the update seems to be a limited rollout as it isn't live on every single device yet. It is accessible by tapping the overflow menu, and selecting Settings Advanced; there's a new option called "Spam protection". Under "Spam Protection", there's a toggle to enable or disable the functionality.

After half a year development, spam protection in Android messages finally started rolling out earlier this month to some users.

Spam messages are a problem in some regions like India, and Google's Stock SMS app provides an easy and free way to deal with that. It's actually nearly too easy to send an SMS, because you don't need to know the person who owns the line - you simply need to know the number exists.

Previously, it was only possible to manually report and block spammers after you receive a message. The actual innerworkings of the automated system are still shrouded in mystery, but it likely taps into a database that helps it detect patterns and similarities between spam messages, which it then uses to determine if what you're getting is, indeed, an unwanted text. Stating that when this setting feature is enabled, some information about messages that are received on the device will automatically be sent to Google.

If you're all about privacy, you'll want to turn this feature off.