Google Expert Explains Why You Get So Many Robocalls — And Future Tech To Stop Spam Calls – Forbes

Google Expert Explains Why You Get So Many Robocalls — And Future Tech To Stop Spam Calls – Forbes

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Google Call Screening app. Credit: Google Google has chimed in to explain why you're plagued by robocalls. Paul Dunlop, product manager for the Google Phone App, offered a primer on the dynamics behind robocalls in a March 22 post titled "Why am I getting so many spam calls?" According to a recent Google survey, half of respondents received at least one spam call per day, and one third received two or more per day. And people are answering those calls. More than one third of respondents worry that a call from an unknown number is a call about a loved one, and another third think it could be a call from a potential loved one, so they pick up.  --"Ask a Techspert: Why am I getting so many spam calls?, " Peter Schottenfels, Tech Newbie, Google, March 22, 2019 Spoofing Explained Voice-over IP (VoIP) is the "culprit, " according to Dunlop. VoIP calls are made via the Web not a traditional phone line, making it a cinch for spammers to place these calls, he explains. “Using VoIP technology, spammers place phone calls over the Internet and imitate a different phone number, ” Dunlop ....


'You can actually be spammed by your own phone number...But the most common is neighborhood spam, using your area code and the first three digits of your phone number, which increases the likelihood you’ll answer.' --Ask a Techspert: Why am I getting so many spam calls? Google Call Screen Google has novel AI on its Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL phones* to help you screen calls: Google Assistant takes the call, asks who's calling and why, and generates a real-time transcript of the caller's response. "All of this happens 'on device, ' meaning it protects your privacy while it makes sure you get the message as fast as possible, " according to Google. In the blog post, Google also discusses a new technology called STIR/SHAKEN** that targets spoof phone number technology. This will allow cell phone networks to authenticate calls by validating that the number associated with the call is legitimate. "You can then know that the caller is a real person using a real phone number, " Google said. ---- Notes: *I use call screening -- where it generates a real-time transcript -- on my Pixel 3 XL. **FTC is in the process of ....

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