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Digital cleaning: in search of your old email accounts

Digital cleaning: in search of your old email accounts

With so much online service, it is common to forget where we have registered or, for example, what email accounts we have used in the past.

Have you always used the same Email address? Probably not, and although today you can log in or sign up for many services using the same email account or the account of a particular provider, sometimes we must go to second or third email addresses, out of obligation, for convenience or as a precautionary measure.

Be that as it may, it may be that over the years you have left behind some addresses that you do not use but that may still be active. In some cases, a free email account abandoned usually deactivated if we don’t access for a long time. But it may be the case that this is not the case, and if we add that the password of that account is rather weak or is the same as that used in other user accounts, it would not hurt deactivate said accounts If we don’t need them, we won’t use them.

How to remember something that we have forgotten? In some cases, we will still remember our old aliases or usernames from abandoned email addresses. If so, it costs nothing to try to log in to check if they are still active. If not, perfect. But if they are still active and you don’t need them, disable them.

Finding unused accounts

There are several ways to remember unused email addresses. On the one hand, we can ask Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, Outlook, LinkedIn and other social networks or online services what addresses do we have associated to our main account. Normally we use a single address, but sometimes we are asked for a second or third, just in case. Is there an abandoned email account there? In that case it is better unlink it from our profiles current social networks or online services.

Another option is to ask our browser. If we have not performed any reinstallation or clean update of operating systems, devices and/or browsers, it is possible that in our browser we still store information from previous sessions with old email addresses. To do this we must go to the password managers of our browsers and see if there is any old email address. And if we have our own password manager, like LastPass or similar, we should also look there.

Delete abandoned accounts

If we find email accounts that are not in use or that we no longer use and are still active, we can eliminate them so that we don’t worry about them. Before that, it doesn’t hurt to check if there are any files or content that we are interested in savingboth in the mail account space and in associated servicessuch as Drive for Google, OneDrive for Outlook, or Flickr for a Yahoo!

Otherwise, each service is different, but their menus and options are often similar in some respects. Normally we must go to the configuration menu of our account to remove it.

In the case of gmailwe must go to the Google account to unsubscribe, and in the side panel, go to Data and personalization. In the “Download, delete or create a data plan” section, we will click on Delete a service or account. Then, in the “Delete a Google service” panel we will click on Delete a service.

To cancel an account Outlook, we must directly close the associated Microsoft account from this link. This will affect Xbox, Skype, OneDrive, Office and other associated Microsoft services. We will be asked a reason for deleting the account and will have 60 days to turn off account deletion if we log in with her.

In the case of Yahoo!, from this link we can request the deletion or deactivation of that account. We can reactivate it if we log in again within 30 days.