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    Galaxy phones to get better spam text message filtering

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    Last updated: October 19th, 2023 at 10:17 UTC+02:00

    Samsung and the KISA (Korea Internet and Security Agency) have partnered to develop and operate spam text message filtering services. As announced on October 18 at Suwon Digital City, Korea, Samsung will launch Galaxy smartphones that will come built-in with a ‘Spam Message Box.

    This ‘Spam Message Box' on Samsung Galaxy phones will be the house for the spam text messages that you get on your smartphones. KISA has partnered with Samsung and other manufacturers to prevent the misuse of text messages for illegal spam or phishing. Samsung also gave their nod to this service as a measure to dial down mobile phones being exposed to spam messages.

    Spam text reports have seen a huge increase this year compared to last year

    According to Business Korea, KISA will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data on spam reports. Moreover, the legality of the data will also be handled by KISA before it is shared with Samsung Electronics. Then, based on the data provided by KISA, Samsung will develop the spam message filtering service and deploy it in its Galaxy phone in the form of the ‘Spam Message Box'.

    The ‘Spam Message Box' on Samsung Galaxy phones will be similar to the Spam folder in email services. Suspicious or malicious messages will be automatically filtered and stored in a separate message box, avoiding clutter in your primary message box. This will work as an additional filter over the spam messages that the major telecom companies, SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus, fail to filter.

    As per data by the Korea Communications Commission, the number of mobile phone spam messages has seen a 6.7% increase from last year's count. Between January and August 2023, the total number of mobile spam messages was recorded at 160,489,346. The new spam message filtering service will help to lower this number significantly.

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