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ICYMI: Google will delete inactive accounts for at least 2 years


Better keep your Google account active or else you will lose it.
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Google updates the inactivity policy

In a statement on May 16, Google announced it will be deleting accounts that have not been used for at least 2 years.

Starting later this year, if a Google Account has not been used or signed into for at least 2 years, we may delete the account and its contents – including content within Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Drive, Meet, Calendar) and Google Photos, the company said.

Google said it would start deleting in December this year and only affect personal accounts.

The company said the decision was based on their finding that forgotten or unattended accounts are at high risk of getting compromised.

“Our internal analysis shows abandoned accounts are at least 10x less likely than active accounts to have 2-step verification set up.

These accounts are often vulnerable, and once an account is compromised, it can be used for anything from identity theft to a vector for unwanted or even malicious content, like spam,” Google explained.

Do you have an account that will likely be affected? All you have to do is sign in to it or any Google service.

While signed in, you can read or send an email, use Google Drive, watch a video on YouTube, download an app on Play Store, or use Google Search.

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Source: Google

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