Take Immediate Action to Preserve Your Old Gmail Account and Data
As the clock ticks down to the December 1 deadline, Google users are facing the imminent threat of content purges for inactive accounts. This urgent situation demands swift action to secure Gmail messages, photos, and documents. Here’s what you need to know and how to protect your data.
Why the Purge?
Google’s official stance is centered around enhancing security. According to Ruth Kricheli, a vice president of product management at Google, inactive accounts are more susceptible to compromise, especially if they haven’t been accessed for an extended period. The rationale is that older accounts are less likely to have advanced security measures like two-factor authentication (2FA) in place. Google’s internal data suggests that inactive accounts are “10x less likely than active accounts” to use 2FA. Completing the Google Account Security Checkup for inactive accounts is strongly recommended to bolster their protection against potential threats.
The Numbers at Risk
While the majority of Gmail and Photos users with active accounts need not worry, an estimated 1% of the 1.8 billion Gmail users and 2 billion Google Photos users could be affected by the content deletions. If this holds true, it translates to a substantial 18 million Gmail users and 20 million Google Photos users on the brink of losing their messages and photos.
Act Now to Preserve Your Data
To ensure your content remains intact, it’s crucial to access your Google accounts within the next 48 hours. For those with inactive accounts, completing the security checkup is a vital step to fortify account defenses. Google’s move to purge inactive accounts is not only about security but also likely driven by the cost implications of storing vast amounts of apparently unwanted data.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—take immediate action to safeguard your Gmail and Photos content from the impending purge. The December 1 deadline is fast approaching, and securing your data is paramount.