Google to delete inactive Gmail accounts in December 2023. The company is all set to delete millions of Gmail accounts next month. It is part of a new policy that aims to deactivate accounts that have remained inactive for at least two years.
This policy was announced in May 2023. It will apply to all personal Google Accounts, including those used for Gmail, Drive, and Photos. However, Google Workspace accounts like those used by businesses and schools will not be affected.
Google is improving security and protecting active users with the help of this new policy. Hackers are more likely to attack inactive accounts because they may use old or repeated passwords exposed in earlier security breaches. Google also wants to limit the time it retains unused personal information.
Account holders will receive a number of notifications to their email addresses before Google will delete their account. They will get the first notification six months before the account is scheduled for deletion. Afterwards, the notifications will be sent at three months, one month and one week before deletion.
If you have a Gmail account you haven’t used for a long time, you should log in and reactivate it before December 2023. In fact, you can also export your important data from your account before it is deleted.
Tips for keeping your Gmail account active
Log in to your account at least once every two years.
Set up two-factor authentication to add an extra layer of security.
Use a strong password that is unique to your Gmail account.
Enable security alerts so that you are notified of any suspicious activity on your account.
Google to Delete Inactive Gmail Accounts, Why?
Basically, there are two main reasons for deleting inactive accounts according to Google.
Security: Hackers are more likely to attack inactive users. Because they often have old or reused passwords, which may have been compromised in other security breaches.
Storage: Inactive accounts take up storage space on Google’s servers. By deleting inactive accounts, Google can free up storage space for active users.
How can I keep my account active?
To keep your Gmail account active, simply login to it at least once every two years. You can also set up two-factor authentication to add an extra layer of security.
You can contact Google support for more information if you have any questions or doubts regarding this new Gmail inactivity policy. Stay connected with Oreonow.