Duke program allows patients track, share health data from phones

As Apple developed HealthKit, the Federal Trade Commission raised concerns about what would happen to users’ data. Commissioners became satisfied that Apple’s privacy policy would prevent app developers from sharing info with third parties. Craig Petronella, who heads up Petronella Technology Group, Inc., in Wake County, says there are still steps that should be taken to better protect sensitive information. …

State Websites Could be Vulnerable to Hackers

The North Carolina Department of Information Technology which oversees the state’s cybersecurity insisted in a statement that their sites are not vulnerable. They also said when they became aware of the issue, they developed a plan to address the concerns. They are not aware of any information being compromised, according to the state and that they regularly partner with the …

Lenovo cuts include 230 people in Triangle

Two-time IT author and professional in the field of cyber security, Craig Petronella, has announced methods that he feels can be used to take action against cyber thieves. Craig Petronella has 23 years of experience in this field and computer security. Some of his tips for consumers include advising against credit card use over the holiday shopping season, suggesting that …

Cybersecurity proves to be a necessity for owner of Durham’s Cocoa Cinnamon

“That is how I found out the bots were constantly trying to sign in,” he said. “I get four notifications a day saying somebody tried to sign in to your website.” That situation is actually quite common, said Craig Petronella, president of Petronella Technology Group in Raleigh. There are black market programs that search for open ports or doors in …

Craig Petronella Announces Vital Steps To Take Against Computer Thieves

Two-time IT author and professional in the field of cyber security, Craig Petronella, has announced methods that he feels can be used to take action against cyber thieves. Craig Petronella has 23 years of experience in this field and computer security. Some of his tips for consumers include advising against credit card use over the holiday shopping season, suggesting that …

Cybersecurity proves to be a necessity for owner of Durham’s Cocoa Cinnamon

“That is how I found out the bots were constantly trying to sign in,” he said. “I get four notifications a day saying somebody tried to sign in to your website.” That situation is actually quite common, said Craig Petronella, president of Petronella Technology Group in Raleigh. There are black market programs that search for open ports or doors in …

Shoppers Urged to Use Caution with Credit Card Purchases

With Black Friday approaching, shoppers are urged to be cautious about credit card purchases after several data breaches in the past year. It started at Target last year where a security breach was believed to have involved 40 million credit card and debit card accounts. Other large retail stores like Home Depot have also been affected. Time Warner Cable News …

Small businesses must follow the law, report cybersecurity breaches

For the cybersecurity story, I reached out to multiple sources to connect with businesses that might have experienced a breach. Everyone (except franchisees that are associated with national breaches) declined to talk because they didn’t want to be associated with such a story. When I looked at the 12-page list of businesses that have reported data breaches this year in …

More Retailers Keeping Tabs on Credit Card Security

In light of recent credit card security breaches, retailers are keeping tabs on credit card security. Target was hit with a credit card security breach earlier this year and Home Depot is investigating a possible breach. Craig Petronella, president of Petronella Computer Consultants, said hackers are getting better at infiltrating systems. “They’re really exploiting the fact that a lot of …

Experts advise staying smart with personal info on the Internet

Cybercrime has reached an all-time high, affecting business, the government and everyday people. And security experts say it’s going to take a concerted effort to get ahead of cyber criminals. Craig Petronella, with Raleigh-based Petronella Technology Group, is an Internet security consultant and author of several books on cyber issues. He says there are thousands of vulnerabilities out there. “I’m …

Malware threatens small businesses’ data, livelihood

Craig Petronella, president of Petronella Technology Group, has seen three small businesses hit with the CryptoLocker since October, and each company has spent about $300 to save their data. Petronella learned about CryptoLocker after Jerry Hall, who owns Total Systems Heating & Cooling in Spring Lake with his wife, Brenda, shared his concerns about a pop-up on his computer. Petronella …

Careful with your backup drive’s partitions

Q: I have an older Dell desktop running XP. Disk partition C: has a capacity of about 60 GB and is getting full. Disk partition Backup (D:) has a capacity of about 18 GB and is 99 percent empty. Can I safely move some of the free 18 GB in D: for use? Can I safely use D: to store …

Upgrades make great gifts for techies

If you’re shopping for the tech enthusiast on your list this holiday season, the options are likely to overwhelm you. Among the swarm of new gadgets this year are dozens of new super-light laptops, tablets, mini tablets and smartphones, all of which offer consumers an upgrade to the sluggish systems they have in their pockets and living rooms. But there …

Irritating system updates often protect your computer

Q: I have been getting the Windows notification for an update called “Security Update for Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package (KB2538242).” I run the update and get a notification that it installed, but within a minute, I get the notification to install it again. Why is this happening, and what can I do to eliminate this …

Uninstalling programs during routine computer maintenance raises questions

Over the past few weeks, several readers wrote in to say they took our experts’ advice in doing a bit of spring cleaning on their desktops and laptops. But they also had a few questions. Q: I was intrigued about your comments regarding disabling Javascript and would like further clarification on them. I had always assumed (bad thing to do, …