CenturyLink Consumer Tips for Online Safety

                 CenturyLink Consumer Tips for Online Safety

National Consumer Protection Week to be held March 3-9

PR Newswire

MONROE, La., March 5, 2013

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

  oReplace "simple" passwords (i.e.,1234 or "password") with alpha-numeric
    and symbols
  oNever post personal info in chat rooms or agree to engage in offline chats
    or meetings
  oDo not share contact info on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or similar posts
    or profiles
  oAlways make sure that your PC, Mac or tablet device system software is up
    to date
  oMake 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
  oScan hard disk(s) to find and remove unauthorized remote controls and back
    up data in real time
  oFor 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.

Website: http://www.centurylink.com
Contact: Mark Molzen, +1-602-716-3389, mark.molzen@centurylink.com
 
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