A school survival guide to identity theft and your financial future

College students in class
College students in class

As autumn nears, it's time for college students to think of preparing for exams, coeds, long walks through campus and identity theft.

In an age of Facebook, Twitter and other ways to share everything in their lives online with the world, college students and young adults are more likely to be targeted by identity thieves than any other age group, according to a study by Identity Theft 911, a Web site that helps prevent fraud.

College students are more vulnerable, and with the average college senior graduating with $4,100 in credit card debt and $24,651 in student loan debt, they have a lot to lose in terms of their financial futures.