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Google’s Inactive Email Account Deletion: Dec 1, 2023

Many people juggle multiple email accounts on platforms like Outlook, Gmail, and Yahoo. Some of these accounts may slip our minds, persisting unless intentionally deleted.

Starting December 1st, Google will delete inactive accounts, including emails, documents, and images. Why delete seemingly dormant accounts? While one might think it’s about freeing up server space, Google cites a different reason.

Ruth Kricheli, Google’s VP of Product Management, explains, “If an account hasn’t been used for an extended period, it’s more likely to be compromised.” Neglected accounts often rely on outdated passwords, lack two-factor authentication, and receive fewer security checks.

Google’s investigation shows these inactive accounts are ten times less likely to use two-factor authentication.

What qualifies as inactive? If untouched for two years, it’s slated for deletion on or after December 1st, 2023. To prevent deletion, a simple login resets the countdown. If you want to keep the account without using it, log in periodically, setting a reminder every 1 year, 11 months, and 29 days.

The deletion won’t happen instantly; Google plans a gradual rollout with ample notice. Ensure a separate recovery email is listed.

This policy applies to personal accounts, not student or business ones.

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