Worldsfeed Tech Desk: Google has rolled out an important update to ensure the security and privacy of its users. The company is now sending emails to users with inactive Google accounts to inform them of upcoming changes to the “Google Account Inactivity Policy”. If you are a Gmail user, this is particularly relevant to you.
The new policy includes a significant change to the Google Account inactivity period for all products and services. Instead of the previous policy that allowed accounts to remain inactive indefinitely, the new update enforces an inactivity threshold of two years.
This policy change is ongoing and Google is initiating permanent deletion of accounts that have been inactive for two years. Note that once an account is deleted, the Gmail address associated with it can no longer be reused to create a new Google Account.
The basis of this policy is user privacy and security. An inactive Google account is a concern that users will not interact with the account. This could potentially be an indication that the account is no longer needed, giving cyber criminals an opportunity to exploit the inactive account.By deleting these inactive accounts after sending multiple notifications to users, Google tries to minimize the risk of users’ sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.
You may be wondering which accounts fall under the definition of inactive. Under the updated policy, only Google accounts that have been inactive for at least two years will be deleted. This means that if you don’t use services like Gmail, Play Store, Photos or Google Drive for a long time, your account may be affected.
The solution is simple: log in at least every two years to keep your Google account active.If you recently signed into your Google account during this time, it will appear as active and cannot be deleted.
Here are some things you can do to keep your account active:
Check or send email regularly
Use Google Drive to store and share files
Watch YouTube videos
Photos through various Google services share
Download apps from the Play Store
Use Google search to browse
Use “Sign in with Google” to access third-party services
The bottom line is that Google’s proactive policy update underscores the company’s commitment to protecting the data and privacy of users user. By being aware of this change and taking simple steps to keep your account active, you can rest assured that your Google Account will remain secure and accessible.