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Spam protection added to popular messaging app … but is it safe?

Is there anything more annoying than spam messages? Back in the day, we just had to deal with them through email.

But like most things keeping up with evolving technology, spam messages are now also sent through texts. It would be nice to find a way to block them before they show up on your phone.

Well, Google might have the solution. Which is great news, unless of course you’re worried about privacy.

Would you trade privacy to block spam?

Google’s Messages app is adding a spam protection feature and it’s already rolling out for some people. If you don’t know, you can send and receive text messages, photos, voice messages and video using Messages. You just have to download the app from the Google Play Store if you don’t already have it.

But there’s something about the new spam protection feature that you might not like. In order for the feature to work, Google said it needs to collect certain information from your texts.

Content inside the texts are supposed to be safe, but data about the messages themselves will be collected and sent to Google. Are you OK with that?

Since Google knows pretty much everything about you already, you might be fine with yet another data collection procedure. Stopping spam messages and all the risks they bring might be worth it to you. If not, there’s a way to stop it.

How to turn the spam blocker off

Stopping Google from collecting data about your texts is easy. Simply turn off the spam protection feature.

Once the feature is available on your device, you should see a pop-up at the bottom of the app that lets you turn it off. If you don’t see the pop-up, you can turn it off manually.

Just go to Settings > Advanced > Spam protection. You can turn it off from there.

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