The next time you log on or send a message you could be exposing your cell phone to viruses and hackers. Leaving your private information vulnerable to being stolen.
You may think you are just checking your e-mail or downloading a new ring tone... But those little actions are all hackers need to crack in to your system.
Ray Wilson with Cat-Man-Du says, "It really affects people who do internet surfing, e-mail, text messaging... That sort of thing."
Once the virus enters your phone... Some can record your phone calls or send your pictures or text to other users without you knowing it. While others lay dormant and wait to infect a larger system.
Wilson says, "Some viruses are set to wait till you go back and connect it to your computer and do what they call syncing, and that is when they they will get into your computer and do what is like a typical virus."
From 2004 to 2006 viruses doubled every month. And while the infections are on the rise... There is really no protection yet against them.
"Actually most people in the cell phone industry don't believe this is a threat and they are really not focusing on it. But it's really becoming a reality." Wilson says.
Here are some things you can do to protect your phone. Never download third party material on your cell...
Turn off your "discovery" features on your cell phone... A virus will use this feature to jump from one phone to another.
Finally, experts say if you think you have a virus - shut your phone off - so it can't continue to access your information.