Stop sharing your real phone number with everyone

Want to be shocked? Your cellphone and landline number (if you still have one) are probably posted online where I found mine — at a people search site that doesn’t cost a dime. Tap or click here for 4 sites that let you search for phone numbers.

By the way, should you find your phone number at the No. 1 site on that list, take these steps to remove it.

Your phone number can do a lot of damage in the wrong hands. It’s an easy way for someone to connect you to a leaked password or even intercept your two-factor authentication codes. Tap or click for a safer way to lock down your accounts.

No matter how long you’ve had your phone number, it’s never too late to start being more discreet with it. Here are a few ways to do just that.

Woman uses a smart cell phone in front of a clothing store.

Woman uses a smart cell phone in front of a clothing store.

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