Inactive Google Accounts to Be Deleted Starting December 2023, Here’s How To Save Yours
Google will initiate the deletion of inactive Gmail accounts starting December 1, 2023, targeting accounts dormant for two years or more. This measure, driven by heightened security concerns, encompasses the removal of associated data such as emails, Drive files, Photos, and Contacts.
Google’s internal data reveals that inactive accounts are at a tenfold higher risk of cyberattacks, primarily due to a lack of two-factor authentication. External services linked to these inactive accounts also face compromise.
In response, Google aims to enhance security by gradually removing dormant accounts in small batches, offering users the chance to reactivate before deletion.
Once an account is deleted, all data, including emails, Drive files, documents, and meetings, becomes irretrievable. To avoid deletion, users should sign in at least once every two years.
Engaging in activities like using Google Drive, watching YouTube videos, downloading apps, performing Google searches, and utilizing Sign-in with Google for third-party services can also safeguard accounts.
Notably, Google currently excludes inactive accounts with YouTube videos from deletion. However, this policy may be subject to future updates.Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe us on Telegram and never miss a update!
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