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Ferrum Technology Services has been serving the Elgin area since 2007, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Microsoft is Releasing Out-of-Band Security Updates

Microsoft is Releasing Out-of-Band Security Updates

Patching your software is one of the most important, yet ignored, tasks in computing. Keeping all of your software up to date with the latest threat definitions can help your business’ IT stay secure. Recently, in a somewhat atypical move, Microsoft has announced that they have released an emergency out-of-band security update to fix two critical security issues. 

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Taking a Look at the History of Cybersecurity

Taking a Look at the History of Cybersecurity

Let’s face it, cybersecurity now has to be a major point of emphasis for the modern business. With the immense amount of threats out there, cybersecurity it has grown into a multi-billion dollar a year industry, with no limit in sight. Just a few decades ago, there was no fileless malware, no ransomware, no botnet army lying in wait to DDoS corporate data centers into oblivion. Today, we take a look at the brief (albeit rapidly growing) history of cybersecurity. 

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Three Tricks to Spot Phishing Attempts

Three Tricks to Spot Phishing Attempts

Cybersecurity needs to be a priority to any business that wants to continue their operations in the long-term. One threat that is very common today is the phishing attack.

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Communications You Can Use to Make Doing Business Easier

Communications You Can Use to Make Doing Business Easier

Business success relies entirely on communication. Think about it, a product or a service is entirely useless if there is no way to share or request information. Whether the communication is internal or external, the method upon which your business relies should be simple yet effective. Today, we will analyze the different methods your business can utilize. 

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The Bigtime Benefits of Cloud Computing

The Bigtime Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the single fastest growing business computing method. Why is this? The cloud offers options that simply weren’t available in the past. Switching to the cloud not only can benefit your business productivity, but also your security, flexibility, and efficiency. Today, we will talk about how migrating to the cloud can help YOUR business.  

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Can We Get Some VoIP?

Can We Get Some VoIP?

Your business needs a reliable telephone system, that much is true. What if you could get one for a fraction of the cost that you are currently paying? What if that system came with cutting-edge tools that make the telephone company’s offering look like old news? These aren’t hypothetical questions. You can get a full-featured telephone system with built-in options that makes doing business easier than ever, for a fraction of the cost that you are paying right now for your “enterprise” phone system.

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Delivering Efficiency with Managed IT, Part V

Delivering Efficiency with Managed IT, Part V

Information technology has a critical role in any business. The key part of an outstanding IT system, is the technology itself. Businesses greatly benefit from IT support that procures the latest and greatest technological developments. So, is your IT provider delivering the best value possible?

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Delivering Efficiency with Managed IT, Part IV

Delivering Efficiency with Managed IT, Part IV

It’s true that managed IT service do a lot to make technology accessible to small and medium-sized organizations that wouldn’t typically look immediately to technology to fix parts of their business. One of the innovations that modern business has made is that they prioritize a smarter approach. Apart from data storage and database management, modern businesses are using the data their marketing, sales, fulfillment/distribution, and support departments take in to see exactly how their business is actually functioning and make sound business decisions as a result. Today, we’ll take a look at how the managed IT service provider can help a business with its data management.

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Delivering Efficiency with Managed IT, Part III

Delivering Efficiency with Managed IT, Part III

When a person reaches out to you for your business acumen, you help them because you know more than they do. Why else would they ask? The best thing you can do for your business is to use technology effectively. The only way you’ll know you are doing that is if you see the increased productivity, efficiency, and profitability often cited as reasons to invest in technology. In part three of our series about managed IT services value, we will take a look at the role of consulting, and how it brings big benefits in many different aspects of your business.

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Delivering Efficiency with Managed IT, Part II

Delivering Efficiency with Managed IT, Part II

For the business that relies on their IT, malfunctioning systems can be costly, both in terms of maintenance and the loss of productivity from downtime. When your business chooses to outsource its IT support it gains access to several services designed to keep downtime to a minimum and keep your technology working for you. In part two of our five-part series on the benefits of managed services, we describe the value of our 24/7 help desk and other forms of IT support.

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