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Smart taps GSMA to improve security against spam

Smart Communications has announced that the company is currently in talks with GSM Association regarding a service that would heighten the telco’s effort against SMS spams and scams.

In a statement, the MVP-owned telco said that GSMA’s service will complement its existing security measures to protect its subscribers from abusive users who use SMS as a mode to offer services and, worse, ask for prepaid load from an unsuspecting user. The telco added that te anti-spam service is the same as the one currently being used by top service providers like Verizon and AT&T.

Prior to the announcement, Smart has setup an additional security feature when transferring load to a user to avoid unwanted or accidental load transfers. Now users who are about to transfer a load to a user will receive a computer-generated confirmation message from the telco notifying them about the transaction.

To complete the process of the load transfer, users will have to reply “YES” and send it to 808 within 15 minutes from the time they receive the notification message. The transaction will be revoked if the subscriber failed to comply with the aforementioned step.

This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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2 Responses

  1. faceless says:

    sim registration. period.

    • marcusfenix says:

      hell yeah! SIM registration is probably the best solution. why can’t we have it? other countries have it.

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