CenturyLink offers online tips to reduce computer infections, phishing and to strengthen security

CenturyLink offers online tips to reduce computer infections, phishing and to
                             strengthen security

National Consumer Protection Week March 2-8

PR Newswire

MONROE, La., Feb. 24, 2014

MONROE, La., Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is
dedicated to protecting its customers' Internet experience and, timed with
National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) March 2-8, is providing a list of
recommended Internet security tips to promote safe Internet use. The goal of
NCPW is to encourage consumers to take full advantage of their consumer rights
and make better-informed decisions.

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"The Internet has expanded the capabilities of individuals to engage in
fraudulent schemes, which is why 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. "This information
will help customers reduce computer infections, avoid responding to fraudulent
emails and help them maintain strong Internet security."

Eight tips to increase Internet security

  oReplace "simple" passwords (e.g.,1234 or "password") with alpha-numeric
    and symbol passwords and enable additional security questions when
  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 or Mac system software is up to date.
  oReview your security settings before connecting to public Wi-Fi and limit
    what you do on Wi-Fi.
  oMake sure your antivirus software is automatically updated and runs
    regular scans on all of your operating systems to protect against new
    threats, which may lead to identity fraud.
  oBe wary of emails with attachments or embedded links from unknown sources.
  oScan hard disk(s) at least twice monthly to detect and remove unauthorized
    remote controls.

The official website of National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), NCPW.gov,
offers consumers additional 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.centurytel.com
Contact: Mark Molzen, 602-716-3389, mark.molzen@centurylink.com
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