CenturyLink Consumer Tips for Online Safety

Tue Mar 5, 2013 10:21am EST

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National Consumer Protection Week to be held March 3-9
MONROE, La.,  March 5, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --  CenturyLink, Inc.  (NYSE: CTL) is
dedicated to protecting its customers' Internet experience and, in association
with National Consumer Protection Week, has released a list of recommended
precautions to promote safe Internet use. National Consumer Protection Week
(NCPW), which takes place  March 3 -9, is an annual campaign that encourages
consumers to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make
better-informed decisions.  

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"Given that people are increasingly online, we felt it was important to offer
protection tips in order to raise awareness of safe online practices," said 
Dave Mahon, vice president and Chief Security Officer at CenturyLink. "Our goal
is not only to make sure customers have information to maintain strong Internet
security, but to help customers get rid of computer infections as well, which
often appear in the form of crashes, freezes and slow downs."

Six Tips to Increase Internet Safety

* Replace "simple" passwords (i.e.,1234 or "password") with alpha-numeric and
symbols  
* Never post personal info in chat rooms or agree to engage in offline chats or
meetings  
* Do not share contact info on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or similar posts or
profiles  
* Always make sure that your PC, Mac or tablet device system software is up to
date  
* Make sure your antivirus software is automatically updated and running regular
scans on all of your operating systems to protect against new threats, which may
lead to identity fraud  
* Scan hard disk(s) to find and remove unauthorized remote controls and back up
data in real time  
* For additional information and tips: 
http://security.centurylink.net/article/7-practices-for-computer-security

The official website of National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW),  NCPW.gov,
offers consumers tips and information from federal and state government and
non-profit partner organizations.  

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in  the United
States  and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by
technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud
infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink
provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select
international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and
multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers
advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink Prism TV and DIRECTV
brands. Headquartered in  Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is
included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. For more
information, visit  www.centurylink.com.  

SOURCE  CenturyLink, Inc.


Mark Molzen, +1-602-716-3389, mark.molzen@centurylink.com

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