As reported by our Greensboro partner WFMY, cell phone numbers are increasingly being used by both hackers and corporations to mine addition personal information about you. Through your cell phone number, hackers can gain an entrance into all the data contained on your phone, and can connect your other information to you. Even when you give your number to a store while making a purchase, you run the risk of their computer being hacked.

How can you protect yourself? Experts recommend taking several steps, including creating a virtual phone number, using an alternate phone and, most importantly, using common sense and always asking why someone needs your phone number.