Make Sure Your Identity Doesn't End Up In The Wrong Hands

College students are preparing to head back to class. The Better Business Bureau wants to make sure students or anyone else don't fall victim to identity theft.

BBB has some tips you can follow to avoid becoming a victim.

· Update your smartphone's operating system, and protect your home screen with a password. This is to prevent hackers from accessing your devices remotely.

· Send sensitive mail to your parents' home or a post office box. School mailboxes are not always secure and often can be accessed easily in a dorm or apartment.

· Important documents should be stored under lock and key. This includes your Social Security card, passport and bank and credit card statements.

· Never lend your credit or debit card to anyone. Just say no if your friend wants to borrow your card or asks you to co-sign for a loan or financing for items like a TV.

· Make sure your computer has up-to-date antivirus and spyware software. Always install any updates and patches to your computer's operating system or browser software.

· Always check your credit or debit card statements closely for any suspicious activity. The sooner you identify any potential fraud, the less you'll suffer in the long run.

· Check out unfamiliar websites with the BBB. Look for the BBB Accredited Business seal along with other trust seals; click on the seals to confirm that they are legitimate.