Google Will Start Deleting Old Accounts This Week

Google Will Start Deleting Old Accounts This Week
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If you haven't logged in to Google for two years, you can lose your account. It will be deleted from December – for security reasons.

For individuals with personal Google accounts that have remained dormant for an extended duration, it is recommended to assess the necessity of the account in the coming days. If the account is still needed, it is advisable to log in promptly.

Google has outlined its intention to eliminate inactive private user accounts from December, referring to those that have not been accessed within the last 24 months. It's important to note that this policy does not impact business and school accounts, as specified in the updated regulations.

The scheduled deletion process is being implemented as a security measure. As outlined in a May blog post by Google, the initial phase will target accounts that were created but never utilized. Internal inquiries have revealed that inactive accounts are more susceptible to misuse, such as identity theft or spam.

This vulnerability arises because these accounts are less frequently accessed than regularly used ones, often lack two-factor authentication or undergo routine security checks. Moreover, over time, the probability of compromised passwords being exploited increases, making it easier for malicious actors to guess them.

How Google recognizes active users

Certainly, a favorable outcome for Google is the removal of dormant files that occupy server storage with unused photos or documents.

Nevertheless, the majority of individual account users need not be concerned, as they typically engage with Google's services in various ways, often without explicit awareness. This involvement may encompass activities such as accessing and sending emails through Google, utilizing Google Drive, downloading apps from the Google Play Store, and even watching YouTube videos or conducting Google searches—actions that keep an account active as long as the user remains logged in.

Users were warned

However, for individuals with multiple accounts who haven't accessed their secondary or tertiary accounts in a considerable period, it is advisable to verify the status of those accounts.

Google has proactively communicated the imminent deletion to impacted users through multiple channels, including the email addresses associated with the account and any recovery addresses that may have been stored, according to the information provided by Google.

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