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How to protect college students against ID theft

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If you're the parent of a college student there is something new to worry about.  Parents should worry about how to help college-aged children protect their personal information.
 
According to Gerri Detweiler, the Director of Consumer Education at Credit.com, "Young kids are actually a big target. They're mobile. They have roommates. They are moving from one location to another and maybe they're just not in the mode of paying careful attention to their personal information."
 
Identity thieves can find a lot of ways to get their hands on private information and one of the easiest is through social media.
 
"People post too much information online so it's not difficult to find out where someone was born, what their birth date is, where they've lived, what their pets name is, all those things we often use for passwords and security measures," says Detweiler.
 
According to a new 2013 identity fraud report, last year their were 12.6 million victims which equates to one victim every three seconds.
 
Detweiller suggests parents equip their college kids with two very important devices: a crosscut shredder for sensitive documents and a small safe so they can lock up their loan documents or even their laptop when they're not using it.
 
"One thing you can do for your college student is have them set up a guest profile on their computer, so if they want to lend it to a friend or a roommate, they will be able to log them in, not as themselves, and have access to all their own personal information but as a guest, so they have limited access," says Detweiler.
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