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The logo of Google LLC is seen at the Google Store Chelsea in New York City, the United States, on January 20, 2023. — Picture by REUTERS

Google to delete millions of inactive Gmail accounts next month

WASHINGTON, Nov 12 — Gmail users who do not regularly use their accounts risk losing them in December when Google begins deleting accounts that have remained inactive for at least two years.

The purge of inactive accounts includes Google Photo libraries, Google Calendar appointments and Google Docs archives, reported United Press International (UPI).

Google Vice President of Product Management Ruth Kricheli said the company is deleting accounts to reduce any vulnerabilities to bad actors. The policy only applies to personal accounts.

Forgotten or unattended accounts often use old or re-used passwords which may have been compromised, do not have the two-factor authentication set up, and receive fewer security checks by the users.

Compromised accounts can be used for anything from identity theft to malicious content, she wrote in a blog post announcing the change earlier this year.

“The simplest way to keep a Google Account active is to sign in at least once every two years. If you have signed into your Google Account or any of our services recently, your account is considered active and will not be deleted,” Kricheli said.

Users must sign into Google Photos every two years to be considered active to protect images from being deleted.

— Bernama


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