Google has announced that it will delete Gmail accounts inactive for the last two years. Users who regularly utilize apps such as Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar, and Google Photos need not worry about this recent action. It’s important to note that Google’s decision applies exclusively to personal Google accounts; therefore, organizational, school, and business accounts will remain unaffected by this measure.
To protect your Gmail account, always follow best practices for online security:
1. Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Add an extra layer of security to your account by enabling 2FA. This usually involves receiving a code on your phone to confirm your identity.
2. Use a Strong Password: Create a unique and strong password for your Gmail account. Avoid using easily guessable information.
3. Regularly Update Passwords: Change your passwords periodically to reduce the risk of unauthorized access.
4. Be Wary of Phishing Attempts: Avoid clicking on suspicious links or providing personal information in response to unexpected emails or messages.
5. Review Account Activity: Periodically check your account activity for any unusual or unauthorized access. Google provides tools to review devices and locations where your account is being accessed.