Often times when we receive a one-time passcode to our smartphones, its from an unknown phone number. But other times we could receive falsified SMS messages asking us to click on malicious links. This is why Google is bringing ‘Verified SMS’ to help you identify the authenticity of an SMS from a business. Users who haven’t already activated it should update both the Messages and Carrier Services apps.
Google introduces Verified SMS and Spam Protection for Messages. In the past month or so, Google has turned on RCS for all US carriers within its own Google Messages app. In addition to finally providing a viable successor to SMS, Google is announcing a couple of new features meant to keep users safe from spammy or malicious SMS-bots. Verified messages will show you the company’s name and logo in the chat window. Branco Bradesco, Kayak, Payback, SoFi, and 1 800-Flowers are some of the first brands to send SMS messages with the new platform.