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Americans to Spend Nearly $170 Billion Online This Holiday Season

CenturyLink security expert says to protect your data long before Santa comes to town

MONROE, La., Nov. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Retail Federation predicts online sales during the 2019 winter holidays will increase between 11% and 14% from 2018, totaling between $162.6 billion and $166.9 billion. Cyber Monday, on December 2, is sure to bring deals on hot new tech items like iPhone 11, Nintendo Switch Lite and Amazon Echo.

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But before consumers logon and risk their data, Chris Betz, Chief Security Officer at CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL), wants to remind families of the safety rules that help keep their personal information secure at home this holiday season. Here are general best practices from the CenturyLink family to yours:

Your passwords should be as secretive as Santa

Phishing scammers are naughty, so don't be nice to them!

Don't pout or cry -- Stay protected while connected

Chris Betz is available for op-eds, interviews, and other thought leadership pieces on best security practices on Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season.

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About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a technology leader delivering hybrid networking, cloud connectivity and security solutions to customers around the world. Through its extensive global fiber network, CenturyLink provides secure and reliable services to meet the growing digital demands of businesses and consumers. CenturyLink strives to be the trusted connection to the networked world and is focused on delivering technology that enhances the customer experience. Learn more at http://news.centurylink.com/.

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