Google is set to delete thousands of Gmail accounts, including potentially yours. As part of a cybersecurity initiative, Google is taking this step, targeting Gmail accounts that have been inactive for some time. This rule will come into effect on December 1. Under this, any account that has not been accessed for two years may be deleted. This includes user’s Google Workspace apps such as Drive, Docs, and Photos.
This cybersecurity measure aims to strengthen the overall security of Google accounts. Starting from December 1, inactive Gmail accounts will be removed. The goal of this step is to reduce potential risks associated with inactive accounts, especially those not accessed for more than two years. This includes not only email services but also Drive, Docs, Photos, and other Google Workspace apps. Inactive accounts are vulnerable to cyber attacks, as the passwords used in these accounts are often fragile, and they lack two-factor authentication.
Addressing Cybersecurity Concerns
Google’s Vice President of Product Management, Ruth Kricheli, highlighted cybersecurity concerns related to inactive accounts in a blog post since May. According to Ruth, forgotten accounts are often susceptible to hacking because the passwords used in them can be exploited, and essential security measures are lacking.
Which Accounts Will Be Affected?
It’s important to note that this measure will only apply to personal Google accounts and will not impact school or business accounts. Google has informed users with inactive accounts, particularly those created but never used.
How to Safeguard Your Account?
To prevent an account from being deleted, users are advised to sign in at least once every two years. This includes activities such as reading or sending emails, using Google Drive, watching YouTube videos, downloading apps from the Google Play Store, signing in to third-party platforms using Google, or being active in Google Search.