Google will start deleting inactive accounts in its services
The updated rules of the company are aimed at protecting against cyber attacks.
Google announced that from December of this year, the company will begin deleting accounts that have not been used for at least 2 years. This includes all content related to gmail, Docs, Drive, Meet, Calendar, YouTube, and Google Photos. According to the corporation, this will help protect users from security threats.
Multiple notifications will be sent to the account’s primary email address and backup email address (if any) in the months prior to account deletion. Account deletions will only affect personal Google accounts and will not apply to business customers.
According to new corporate policy , a Google account will be considered active if the user has logged into it at least once every 2 years. Such accounts are not subject to deletion.
The company says the policy updates will help prevent cybersecurity threats such as spam, phishing and capture accounts.
According to Google, inactive accounts often use outdated or reused passwords that may have been compromised. In addition, such accounts often lack two-factor authentication and fewer security checks by the user. Such accounts can be hacked and become a tool for a variety of malicious activities, ranging from identity theft to the distribution of malicious content.