Published on November 8, 2023, 3:40 pm
Google is preparing for a massive cleanup of inactive accounts starting from December 1, 2023. The company is urging users to take action by signing into their accounts every two years to avoid having their accounts deleted. If you regularly use Gmail, Photos, Calendar, and Docs, rest assured that your account will be safe from the purge.
This initiative by Google aims to reduce the number of accounts susceptible to security threats like spam, phishing scams, and account hijacking. The updated inactive account policy will kick into action in December and target accounts that have either never been used or haven’t been accessed in over two years.
To ensure that users are aware of this impending cleanup, Google has been sending multiple notifications over the past few months to both the account’s email address and recovery email. If you haven’t received any notifications or if you’ve already taken appropriate action, then there’s no need to worry.
In a statement, Google clarified its stance: “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.” Therefore, the simplest way to keep your Google Account active is by signing in at least once every two years or by using their services regularly.
The rationale behind this action is to mitigate the risk of fraudsters, scammers, and hackers targeting inactive accounts. According to Google’s analysis, inactive accounts are ten times less likely to have set up two-step verification compared to active accounts. This is because forgotten or unattended accounts often rely on old or reused passwords that may have been compromised. Additionally, they receive fewer security checks from users themselves.
It’s important to note that this policy only applies to personal accounts. Organizations such as schools or businesses need not worry about these measures just yet as it also serves as an effort by Google to limit the retention of unused personal information.
If you have YouTube videos associated with your account, there are currently no plans to delete those accounts. However, it’s always a good idea to periodically check your account security and health. Follow Google’s recommendations by ensuring that your recovery email is up to date and consider backing up your data using the Takeout feature.
While this news might cause some concern, it serves as a helpful reminder to stay proactive when it comes to managing your online accounts. By regularly signing in and keeping your account information updated, you can minimize the risk of falling victim to cybercrime. As always, Google welcomes feedback on their content and encourages users to provide suggestions for improvement.
In conclusion, Google’s upcoming cleanup of inactive accounts is an essential step in safeguarding user security. By encouraging users to stay active or take appropriate action, they aim to reduce vulnerability to security threats. So if you want to keep your Google Account intact, make sure you sign in or use their services regularly.