Android phone owners are urged to try these little-known anti-spam tools to ward off unwanted hackers.
The tools can help users avoid a barrage of spam calls and texts.
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While spam can be extremely annoying and frustrating at times, it can also be dangerous.
Online crooks can spam users into trying to access private information or get money from them.
In order to stay safe, it is crucial to exclude as much spam as possible.
Android has two key tricks that can help with this.
One of them is the feature known as caller ID and spam protection.
Google encourages users to try the tool in a support section on its website.
“If you make or receive a call with caller ID and spam protection turned on, you can receive information about callers or companies outside of your contacts, or alerts about potential spam callers,” the council suggested.
“To use caller ID and spam protection, your phone may need to send information about your calls to Google.
“When someone outside your contact list calls you or you call them, that phone number is sent to Google to identify the business caller ID name or to determine if the call is spam.”
To turn on the tool, go to the Phone app on your Android phone and tap on the menu icon, which consists of three vertical dots.
From there, select Settings and then Spam and call screen.
Make sure caller ID and spam protection are enabled.
You can also select Filter spam calls to automatically block spam calls.
Another handy tool is the option to report spam directly to Google, which should limit the amount of spam text you receive.
Reporting a conversation as spam automatically blocks the sender and hides the message.
To do this, open the Messages app and tap and hold on the conversation you want to report.
Press Block, then Report Spam, followed by OK.
The spammer’s phone number and the spammer’s 10 most recent incoming messages are reported to Google.
Google doesn’t notify the spammer that you’ve reported them, but they should be blocked by Google if verified as spam.
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