December 7, 2019
Google Messages text verification

Google Messages Starts Verifying SMS Texts to Protect Users from from Spam and Phishing

Google Messages text verification is now starting to reach users, with a slow release, notifying recipients of authenticity…

Earlier this year, the folks over at Android Police stumbled on a string of code for Google Messages or Android Messages. But, its intended function was a bit of a mystery. Now, the feature is incremental roll out and we now know a bit about how it works.

It’s a SMS text verification tool that apparently only applies to business numbers at this time. When a company sends a message to a customer, Google notifies the recipient if it’s an authentic communication. This way, people know messages are from legitimate sources and are not spam or phishing attempts.

Google Messages SMS Verification Begins Rolling Out

With this feature in place, Google can help consumers avoid clicking on malicious or dangerous links, believing they are from genuine sources. Real messages display a verification badge, while unknown sources alert recipients with a warning the sender could not be verified.

On a support page for the verification tool, Google recommends recipients do not click on suspicious links or send any personal information to senders. Google also states that it does not read messages, either verified or not, and does not track which companies send customers messages.

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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