Learn to protect online accounts, data

More than 15 million people are victims of identity theft annually, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice.

You can avoid the heartache of being one of them, according to Patric Welch. Although he is known as Mr. Noobie for the way he evaluates today’s technology from the perspective of beginners, he actually is seen as an area expert in the field, boasting his own Greenwood-based firm, Mr. Noobie Inc.

That explains why he will present the program, “How to Protect Your Online Accounts and Data,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bartholomew County Public Library Red Room, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus.

As it is becoming increasingly important to protect one’s identity online,  good password management is a start. But according to tech expert Mr. Noobie, enabling and using two-step authentication provides a higher level of protection.

During this session, participants will learn what two-step authentication is, how and where it can be enabled and how it provides a higher degree of online protection.

Information and registration: 812-379-1266 or mybcpl.org; register under events. Class will be cancelled if fewer than five register by Tuesday.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.