Reinforced security against phone scams

Reinforced security against phone scams
Reinforced security against phone scams
During its traditional “Google I/O” conference, the tech giant unveiled a new feature intended to protect Pixel 8 and Galaxy S24 users against telephone scams. The principle of this innovation is simple.

Thanks to Gemini Nano, a smaller version of Gemini Artificial Intelligence (AI), which works without an internet connection, this new option is able to detect fraudulent language commonly used by scammers.

In the event of a suspicious call, users receive an alert during the call, prompting them to end the call. This intelligent filter constitutes an effective barrier against increasingly frequent telephone scams, by offering proactive and immediate protection. This advancement aims to improve communications security and ensure users’ peace of mind in the face of growing threats.

Thus, Google lists a multitude of examples likely to trigger the alarm, such as fake bankers asking for personal information such as passwords or bank card PIN codes, requests for payment via gift cards or even emergencies money transfer.

This announcement could raise concerns, because Gemini will listen to the private conversations of Android users. However, Google assures that “conversations monitored by Gemini Nano will remain private”, as specified in a message on X, formerly Twitter.

This is because everything happens locally on the device, not online, ensuring that phone calls are not stored by the company. In addition, users will have to voluntarily register to benefit from this option, thus giving their consent for the AI ​​to have access to this data. Something that will strengthen the user’s privacy and control over their personal information, while providing an additional layer of protection against telephone scams.

For the moment, no release date has been announced by Google. More information on the feature and its rollout is expected to follow later this year. This expectation arouses great curiosity and impatience among users, who hope to soon experience this security innovation.

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