Google deletes inactive accounts. Here’s what that means: NPR

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Google deletes inactive accounts.  Here’s what that means: NPR

Google deletes accounts that have not been used recently, starting December 1st. Now is the time to make sure you don’t need any data from Gmail or other Google products associated with an inactive account.

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Google deletes accounts that have not been used recently, starting December 1st. Now is the time to make sure you don’t need any data from Gmail or other Google products associated with an inactive account.

Patrick Semansky/AP

Now is the time to act if you want to keep a Google account that you haven’t used in a while.

Starting December 1, Google will begin deleting “inactive” accounts, meaning accounts that haven’t been used for at least two years.

Google accounts provide access to the company’s other products, including Gmail, Drive, Docs, Meet, Calendar, Photos and YouTube.

This means that emails, videos, photos, documents, and any other content stored in an inactive account are at risk.

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How to keep your account

To avoid its deletion, log into your Google account before Friday.

“If you have recently signed in to your Google account or any of our services, your account is considered active and will not be deleted,” the company said in a May blog post describing the policy.

Before the removal process, Google says users will have received several notifications over the previous months to both the account email address and the recovery email (if you provided one).

The purge will be done in stages, starting with accounts that have been created and are never used again, the company says.

There are exceptions: Any account created for you through your work, school, or other organization will not be automatically deleted. The policy only applies to personal accounts.

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How to backup your account data

You’ll need to take an extra step if you want to keep content from a specific product that you haven’t used in a while. If you want to keep photos from your Google Drive, for example, it’s best to sign in to that particular service.

Indeed, the tech company states that it “reserves the right to delete data from a product if you are inactive in that product for at least two years. This is determined based on each product’s inactivity policies.

Videos from removed YouTube channels are currently secure according to policy.

“We have no plans to remove accounts containing YouTube videos at this time,” he said.

You may want to save your content, but you will not be able to use your inactive account. In this case, you can save your data. The Google Takeout page allows you to download and export your data. You can also upload folders, documents, and media individually.

Two years can go by quickly. To avoid future surprises, decide what happens to your account and data when it becomes inactive for up to 18 months.

Why Google Deletes Inactive Accounts

Google says it deletes inactive accounts as a security measure. Abandoned accounts are more vulnerable to malicious threats, such as spam, phishing scams and account takeovers, the company said.

“If an account has not been used for an extended period of time, it is more likely to be compromised. Indeed, forgotten or unmonitored accounts often rely on old or reused passwords that may have been compromised or not used. two-factor authentication is configured and receives fewer security checks from the user,” the policy update reads.

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a computer enthusiast with an insatiable appetite for problem-solving. After graduating with a degree in Computer Science in 2010, he embarked on a lifelong journey of exploring the intricacies of technology. For the past 25 years, Fred has dedicated himself to building custom PCs, mastering the art of hardware and software integration. With a deep-rooted belief in the power of coding, he has sought to unravel the complexities of life's challenges through lines of programming. From the early days of DOS 3.3 to the present, Fred has been a steadfast support for users, utilizing his knowledge to assist and guide others in navigating the ever-changing world of technology.