Mobile spam needs improving

No matter which platform we use, be it Android or iOS, spam on our mobile devices is an increasing problem.

We are all used now to emails flooding it inboxes from spammers, though their methods have become increasingly more advanced to the point added investigation is mandated to ensure sources are validated and content safe to access and interact with.

Now, attackers are turning in greater numbers to SMS / text messages purporting to come from vendors with links to supposed packages or maybe a prize in a raffle. The advantage of this method is users cannot give their mouse over the link to check the destination address of links in the message as they may have been educated to via their workplace cyber security awareness programs. Hopefully the alarm bells go off and they don’t click the links as attackers hope they might, but there’s always those who slip through.

This necessitates mobile vendors coming to the rescue and increasing spam message detection to protect users from themselves, warning users messages are likely spam and quarantining suspected messages and disabling links unless the user chooses to enable them per message. Whilst using the Google Pixel 6, I found Google’s spam detection great by comparison that offered by Apple, which is rather slim on the ground. Not only were spam callers identified but also text messages, the latter were identified as spam, though their content remained accessible to me.

With increasing fraud as result of spammers, I think increased protection can only be a good thing and hopefully reduce their success rates.

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