Patcay.com – Gmail, the world’s most beloved email platform, stands tall amid the Android boom, surpassing competitors like Yahoo and even Apple.
However, the popularity of Gmail is not always accompanied by active usage. Many users merely possess an account without ever truly engaging with it or fully utilizing its capabilities.
To address this phenomenon, Google issued a three-week warning to owners of dormant Gmail accounts, urging them to revive their accounts promptly or face the risk of losing access. The internet giant plans to clean up millions of inactive Gmail accounts that have been dormant for two years or more.
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This decisive action has the potential to result in account owners permanently losing emails, documents, photos, and videos. The removal of inactive Gmail accounts is part of a broader effort to enhance email services.
All personal Gmail accounts inactive for at least two years will be subject to this cleanup policy. The new policy is expected to take effect in December 2023.
Google stated that the account inactivity policy will be extended to two years for all its products. This policy also imposes limits on the duration Google can retain unused personal information from inactive accounts.
The removal of inactive Google accounts is expected to yield positive security outcomes. It is seen as a preventive measure to safeguard active Google users from security threats such as phishing, account hijacking, and fraud.
Inactive Google accounts pose a higher risk of infiltration by hackers. Owners of at-risk Gmail accounts will receive notifications before any action is taken, including an attached recovery email address for notifications.
Google has begun sending notifications to potentially affected account owners. Account owners seeking to prevent deletion can take simple actions, such as opening emails, accessing Google Drive, or downloading apps from the Google Play Store.