In a significant security push, Google has announced its plans to strengthen user security measures by deleting accounts that have been inactive for two years. The internet giant aims to proactively protect user data and reduce potential vulnerabilities associated with dormant accounts.
Starting from December of this year, Google will begin deleting accounts that have shown no activity across its range of services. This includes Google Workspace, YouTube, and Google Photos. Multiple notifications will be sent to users in the months leading up to account deletion, with priority given to those accounts that were created but never used.
This proactive measure is intended to address security concerns related to abandoned accounts. Google's internal analysis reveals that inactive accounts are significantly more vulnerable, lacking essential security measures like 2-step verification. Once compromised, these dormant accounts can be exploited for various purposes, from identity theft to the dissemination of unwanted or malicious content.
To maintain an active account, minimal activity is required, such as reading or sending emails, using Google Drive, watching YouTube videos, downloading apps from the Google Play Store, signing in to third-party services with a Google account, or conducting Google searches while signed in.
While Google hasn't disclosed its plans for the usernames associated with deleted accounts, this move aligns with Twitter CEO Elon Musk's recent announcement to purge dormant accounts and recycle usernames, further emphasizing the industry-wide focus on enhancing security measures.
By proactively deleting dormant accounts, Google aims to provide a safer online environment for its vast user base, protecting user data and minimizing potential security risks.