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Google’s New Policy: Deactivation of Inactive Accounts Starting December 1

Google’s New Policy: Deactivation of Inactive Accounts Starting December 1

As of December 1, Google has announced a new policy for Gmail accounts. If the account remains inactive for two years or more, it will be deactivated. The decision aims to increase security by closing forgotten or unused accounts, especially those with weak passwords or without two-factor authentication.

According to Ruth Critchley, Google’s vice president of product management, inactive accounts are more vulnerable to abuse, ten times more likely to spread spam or malicious content. Google recommends protecting these accounts rather than deleting them. Users will receive reminder emails before their accounts are permanently deleted.

During the deletion process, Google will systematically remove all related data, including files in Google Drive, Google Photos, and Docs. Advance notices will be sent to the registered email address.

To ensure account and data protection, it is important to use your Google Account at least once every two years. Activities like sending emails, using Google Drive, watching YouTube videos or downloading apps help keep your account active. If you forget your account details, Google’s account recovery tools can help you reactivate it.

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