Google’s latest beta Google messages are now rolling out’ Verified SMS’ to protect you against unwanted spam text messages or potential phishing attempts.
We saw the feature appear briefly earlier this year in Google Messages version 4.2, but it wasn’t clear how all telephone numbers would work with the feature. However, the Verified SMS feature now appears to be rolling out in Google Messages ‘ latest build— with the feature enabled by default (through Android Police). That said, the feature currently only works for businesses that are registered with Google with their number.
That means you’re only going to see messages from tested companies. Google uses authenticity codes to verify whether the message is spam or a spoofed telephone number for each SMS received. This should defend against any unsafe material or attempts at phishing.
Verification works by assigning a hash code to your device that is created based on your phone number, the business phone number, and then the content of the text. Such hash codes are generated locally on your device and then sent to Google to find out if it is a truly verified SMS for comparison with the corresponding business code.
The email must show a “verified” icon to indicate the message is accurate and from whom the sender claims to be. And give you peace of mind. If you want, this feature can be switched off by going to Messages settings, but it is not recommended.
Remember that Google won’t see your emails, but will use your phone number to generate these authentication codes. The latest feature is available only in a few countries, including the United States, with news of it appearing in Poland and India as well. That said,’ checked SMS’ is only available on the new beta messages v5.3.075 — it’s not clear when the feature will hit stable messages builds yet, but it could be very early.