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BREAKING GOOGLE REPORT: Google will start deleting ‘inactive’ accounts from Friday. Here’s how to secure your data


AceBreakingNews – The time has come to visit your old Google account that has been collecting dust.


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Inactive users could see their Google Drive, Docs and Gmail erased permanently.
Inactive users could see their Google Drive, Docs and Gmail erased permanently.(ABC News: Velvet Winter)none

Because from December 1, the tech giant will begin erasing accounts deemed ‘inactive’.

Under the company’s updated inactive-account policy, accounts deemed ‘inactive’ could have their Google Drive, Docs and Gmail erased permanently.

Here’s what you need to know to avoid getting caught out.

Why is Google deleting inactive accounts?

This isn’t a surprise. Google announced its inactive-account update back in May.

And they attributed the update to security issues.

Accounts that haven’t been used for a long time are more likely to be compromised, the company said, noting that “forgotten or unattended accounts” typically have old passwords, often lack two-factor authentication and receive fewer security checks.

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As a result, these accounts could be hijacked and used for spam or other malicious content, as well as identity theft.Google says if an account hasn’t been used for an extended period of time, it’s more likely to be compromised.(Reuters: Dado Ruvic)

How do I know if my Google account is ‘inactive’?

If you’ve signed into your Google account in the past two years then the company considers the account active and it will not be deleted.

And if your Google account is in danger of deletion, you’ll know.

Google said that before they delete an account they will, “send multiple notifications over the months leading up to deletion, to both the account email address and the recovery email (if one has been provided).”

The deletions will also take a phased approach, starting with accounts that were created and then never used again.

How do I recover an inactive Google account?

The easiest way to keep your Google account active (and thus prevent it from being deleted) is to sign in at least once every two years.

Other actions that fulfil account activity requirements include:

  • Reading or sending an email
  • Using Google Drive
  • Watching a YouTube video
  • Sharing a photo
  • Downloading an app
  • Using Google Search

But you have to be signed into your Google account while you do these activities for your account to be considered active.

Using Google to sign into a third-party app or service also activates an account.

Preserving content on Google Photos requires a specific sign-in. As previously announced by Google, Photos content may be similarly deleted after two years of inactivity — meaning you should open the application every so often to keep images from going into the trash.

Are there any exceptions to the new update?

Yep! Only personal accounts will be targeted in the sweep. Accounts made for organisations like schools or companies are in the clear, Google says.

Other exceptions include Google accounts that manage active accounts for minors through Family Link, accounts containing a gift card balance as well as those that have been used to purchase Google products and apps or subscriptions that are ongoing, as per their online policy.

There are also no plans to delete accounts with YouTube videos at this time, a Google spokesperson confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday.

How do I save data from my Google account?

Even if your account isn’t in the firing line this time, it’s always a good idea to back up any valuable data you could have lying around.

Google Takeout lets users download and export their account data at any time.

And its Inactive Account Manager lets you choose what would happen to your account and data if it becomes inactive — including options to send select files to trusted contacts or delete the account entirely. 

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GOOGLE TECH NEWS: How to toggle your Chromebook’s night light filter or put it on a schedule


Goodbye, blue light

Anyone hoping to save their eyesight late at night can, of course, toggle dark mode on their Chromebook, but did you know there’s another way to save your vision without sacrificing the light mode theme if you’re a fan of it? Yep, it’s called ‘Night light’.

How to toggle your Chromebook’s night light filter or put it on a schedule

This feature is a halogen screen filter that overlays your display and rids you of ‘blue light’, which has been shown to keep you up at night if you have too much of it before bedtime. Windows users are familiar with ‘Fl.ux’, and similar third party software that does this from way back, but nowadays, such features are built into all major operating systems, including chromeOS!

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BREAKING GOOGLE CHROME UPDATE REPORT: Google Releases Patch for Actively Exploited Zero-Day Vulnerability


Google on Wednesday rolled out fixes to address a new actively exploited zero-day in the Chrome browser.


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Zero-Day Vulnerability

Tracked as CVE-2023-5217, the high-severity vulnerability has been described as a heap-based buffer overflow in the VP8 compression format in libvpx, a free software video codec library from Google and the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia).

Exploitation of such buffer overflow flaws can result in program crashes or execution of arbitrary code, impacting its availability and integrity.

Clément Lecigne of Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has been credited with discovering and reporting the flaw on September 25, 2023, with fellow researcher Maddie Stone noting on X (formerly Twitter) that it has been abused by a commercial spyware vendor to target high-risk individuals.

No additional details have been disclosed by the tech giant other than to acknowledge that it’s “aware that an exploit for CVE-2023-5217 exists in the wild.”

The latest discovery brings to five the number of zero-day vulnerabilities in Google Chrome for which patches have been released this year –

The development comes as Google assigned a new CVE identifier, CVE-2023-5129, to the critical flaw in the libwebp image library – originally tracked as CVE-2023-4863 – that has come under active exploitation in the wild, considering its broad attack surface.

Users are recommended to upgrade to Chrome version 117.0.5938.132 for Windows, macOS, and Linux to mitigate potential threats. Users of Chromium-based browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Brave, Opera, and Vivaldi are also advised to apply the fixes as and when they become available.

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BREAKING U.S REPORT: Google facing negligence lawsuit after a man died following Maps directions off a collapsed bridge


AceBreakingNews – The family of a man who died after driving his car off of a collapsed bridge in North Carolina while following Google Maps directions have filed a lawsuit against the technology giant.


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Philip Paxson, seen here with his wife Alicia, was killed when his car drove off a collapsed bridge in North Carolina. (Supplied: Saltz Mongeluzzi Bendesky Trial Lawyers )none

Father of two Philip Paxson was driving home from his nine-year-old daughter’s birthday party late at night when he drove his car off the bridge into Snow Creek in Hickory on September 30, 2022.

His body was found inside the overturned and partially submerged car, six metres below an unguarded edge.

The bridge, which the family say they later learned was called the “Bridge to Nowhere” by locals, had collapsed in 2013.

Police have said there were no warning signs or barriers on the road at the time.

The family’s lawyer Robert W Zimmerman said the bridge had been “needlessly and senselessly” put at risk.

“For years before this tragedy, Hickory residents asked for the road to be fixed or properly barricaded before someone was hurt or killed,” he said.

“Their demands went unanswered.”Mr Paxson drove over the edge of the bridge late at night. (Supplied: Saltz Mongeluzzi Bendesky Trial Lawyers )

Lawyer Larry Bendesky, also part of the family’s legal team, said Mr Paxson had trusted Google Maps “like so many motorists”.

“His trust in Google Maps, and the failure of the road and bridge-keepers to do their jobs, cost him his life,” he said.

The lawsuit filed by the family also takes aim at the owners and officials responsible for maintenance of the bridge.

Philip’s wife Alicia Paxson said her daughters had just marked their first Father’s Day without him.

“They should have been celebrating and spending (Father’s Day) with Philip, who devoted his life to his family,” she said.

“Instead, they had to look across the dinner table and see an empty chair.

“Our girls ask how and why their daddy died, and I’m at a loss for words they can understand because, as an adult, I still can’t understand how those responsible for the GPS directions, and the bridge, could have acted with so little regard for human life.”

A November 2020 email included in court documents confirmed Google was reviewing a suggested change to the map at the time.

Google spokesperson José Castañeda told The Associated Press:

“ We have the deepest sympathies for the Paxson family. Our goal is to provide accurate routing information in Maps and we are reviewing this lawsuit.”

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FEATURED GOOGLE REPORT: Political adverts must disclose use of AI

AceNewsDesk – Google will soon require that political ads on its platforms let people know when images and audio have been created using artificial intelligence (AI).


Ace Press News From Cutting Room Floor: Published: Sept.07: 2023: By Shiona McCallum: Technology reporter

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The rules have been created as a response to the “growing prevalence of tools that produce synthetic content”, a Google spokesperson told the BBC.

The change is scheduled for November, about a year ahead of the next US presidential election.

There are fears AI will supercharge disinformation around the campaigns.

Google’s existing ad policies already ban manipulating digital media to deceive or mislead people about politics, social issues, or matters of public concern.

But this update will require election-related ads to “prominently disclose” if they contain “synthetic content” that depicts real or realistic-looking people or events.

Google suggested labels such as “this image does not depict real events” or “this video content was synthetically generated” will work as flags.

Demonstrably false claims that could undermine trust in the election process are also forbidden at Google, according to the tech giant’s ad policy.

Google requires political ads to disclose who paid for them, and makes information about the messages available in an online ads library.

Disclosures of digitally altered content in election ads must be “clear and conspicuous”, and put where they are likely to be noticed.

Examples of what would warrant a label included synthetic imagery or audio showing a person saying or doing something they did not do, or depicting an event that did not occur.

In March, a fake picture of former US President Donald Trump falsely showing him being arrested was shared on social media. The image was created by AI tools. 

Also in March, a deepfake video circulated of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky talking of surrendering to Russia.

In June, a Ron DeSantis campaign video attacking former President Trump featured images bearing markings of having been created using AI.

The video shared in a tweet contained photos that appeared to have been altered to show Mr Trump embracing Anthony Fauci, a key member of the US coronavirus task force, with kisses on the cheek.

AI experts have told the BBC that while faked imagery is nothing new, the speed of progress within the generative AI field, and potential for misuse, is something to be concerned about.

Google said it continues to invest in technology to detect and remove such content.

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