Google is deleting old Gmail accounts

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Google will begin purging all accounts that have been inactive for two years or more. The company says the move is meant to help cut back on the number of accounts that can be hijacked by hackers.

Chances are you have a few accounts floating around yourself — likely from those times you needed an email address to access a free trial for a site or service, and already used your primary email. And hey, there’s no shame in gaming the system.

But that game is over. Now Google is axing those old, unused accounts, according to Yahoo Finance.

According to Google’s analysis, mothballed accounts are 10 times less likely to use two-factor authentication, which helps protect accounts from hackers by requiring users to sign in using both a password and secondary authentication method.