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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.

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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The Cloud Revolution Seems a Bit… Familiar

The Cloud Revolution Seems a Bit… Familiar

If we asked you what the most significant trend in today’s professional environment is, what would you say? For those who depend on technology to manage and maintain their operations, the cloud has allowed for some of the biggest and best advantages--so much that it’s perhaps one of the most prominent shifts that the world has ever seen.

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100+ Years Ago, IBM Started Just Like Any Other Business

100+ Years Ago, IBM Started Just Like Any Other Business

Of the many technology companies in the public eye, IBM is one of the oldest and perhaps the most recognizable--but do you know the story behind Big Blue? It’s a history of innovation and revolution in computing that stretches back over 100 years, to when it was created by uniting three existing companies.

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Tip of the Week: Quirky Productivity Advice From 4 of History's Most Successful People

Tip of the Week: Quirky Productivity Advice From 4 of History's Most Successful People

It’s important that your workflow allows you to get the most success out of your workday, yet this is often easier said than done. Everyone has different routines and practices that might work for them, and no one else. If you’re looking for ways to improve your own productivity processes, why not consider these four famous individuals with unorthodox practices?

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Did You Know Early Ransomware Spread via Floppy Disk?

Did You Know Early Ransomware Spread via Floppy Disk?

Ransomware might be a relatively new player in the battle for the Internet, but its short history shouldn’t belittle the damage that it can do to both businesses and users of personal computers. Perhaps you’ve had the misfortune to encounter it for yourself, and your files were locked down because of it. Regardless, ransomware is now a prevalent part of the online crime scene, and people are using it to extort money from innocent users, making it a considerable threat.

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The Computing Advancements of the Past 60 Years are Mind Boggling!

b2ap3_thumbnail_storing_data_400.jpgData storage has always been an important part of the business world, but it’s one of many areas where innovation has yielded overwhelming results. Technology that exists today could never have been created 50, or even 20 years ago.

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Has Performance for Consumer PCs Finally Peaked?

b2ap3_thumbnail_moores_law_2015_400.jpgThe world was vastly different in 1965. The smooth, compact smartphones and laptops of today were nonexistent, and civilization was on the verge of experiencing a revolution of technological growth and advancement. This is all thanks to Moore’s law, which paved the way toward making technology smaller and more easily accessible for both end users and businesses.

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These 3 Popular Office Technologies are Officially Obsolete [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_obsolete_tech_400.jpgToday’s modern office is full of technology. Although, just because a workplace has wall-to-wall technology, doesn’t make it modern. It’s possible for an office to be outfitted with outdated technology. There’s a good word that describes a setup like this: Obsolete. Is your office using obsolete technology? To find out, let’s look at a few pieces from the Museum of Obsolete Objects.

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The Future’s Technology, Today

b2ap3_thumbnail_old_tech_now_400.jpgThe people of 1967 were no different than we are today - obsessed with the future and the new technology it might yield. It was a magical time when technology was developing so rapidly that people were placing wild assumptions of what the technology of the 2000s would be like. How accurate were the predictions of the scientific community of the 1960s? Let's look at this 1967 video from CBS's The 21st Century!

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What Streaming Media was Like 100 Years before YouTube

b2ap3_thumbnail_history_streaming_400.jpgWe marvel at how easy it is to stream media over the Internet and turn our PC or mobile device into an entertainment terminal to the world's vast entertainment library. Having every movie at our fingertips is a new experience, but the technology of instant media is over 100 years old, and its development is a testimony to human innovation.

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Cellular Radio Telephones: Then and Now

b2ap3_thumbnail_oldcell400.jpgCan you remember a world without cell phones? The thought of such a thing nowadays makes teenagers shudder in fear at the notion of face-to-face communication with other humans! Once upon a time in the 1980s, cell phones entered the market and changed everything. Here's a television ad that describes the selling points of cellular radio telephones.

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