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Tolar Systems has been serving the Abilene area since 2000, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

IT for Financial Services

Bringing reliable IT products and management to businesses in the financial sector. 

Finance is the epitome of a data-driven industry. As a result, information technology is an integral part of modern-day financial services. In order to keep up with the rapidly-shifting financial services industry, businesses that work in finance need reliable information systems and comprehensive IT support. 

Learn more on today's blog.

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Local Government Cyber Security Part II: Developing a Cyber Security Response for Local and Regional Governments

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In last week’s blog "Cyber Security Risk: a Growing Concern for Local and Regional Government," we discussed the challenges local and regional governments are facing when it comes to cyber security. It’s a challenge that public sector organizations are facing on a daily if not hourly basis.

But what can small cities and counties do to mitigate their risk? At Tolar Systems, we’ve developed a three-pronged approach that can help. Learn more on today’s blog.

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Cybersecurity Risk: A Growing Concern for Local and Regional Governments - Part I

What’s the biggest challenge local and regional governments and municipalities face when it comes to IT? Increasingly, it’s cybersecurity, which has become a daily challenge for small governments across the United States.

Learn more about the cybersecurity challenges that small local and regional governments are facing on today’s blog.

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What is Business Continuity and Why Should It Be Part of Your Business Strategy

Recently we posted about the importance of disaster recovery to your business. A closely related topic is also equally important to your business: Business Continuity.

Business continuity takes disaster recovery even further. It’s not just about restoring systems, it’s about restoring your organization’s business processes and operations so that you can get back to work with minimal disruption. Learn more on today’s blog.

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Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds – Which is Right for Your Business?

When businesses are considering a move to the cloud, one of the most important questions they need to consider is “which version of the cloud is right for our business?” The cloud is a blanket term encompassing multiple types of infrastructure, platform, hardware and software as a service applications. The three main categories, however, are public, private and hybrid clouds.

In today’s blog we’ll discuss these three types of clouds to help you determine which type of cloud might be the best fit for your business.

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How to Extend your Business’ IT Capabilities with Supplemental IT Services

At Tolar Systems, we recently revamped the way we offer some of our services. Our core offerings around Managed IT, cybersecurity and voice communications – Complete Care, Complete Security and Complete Voice – will remain the same.  But we’ve made some changes to our other offerings to support two other areas that we believe are important to the businesses we serve. These include Strategic and Supplemental IT services.

Here’s how Supplemental IT services can help midsize and larger firms that don’t need a fully managed IT service approach, to extend their IT capabilities.

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What is Disaster Recovery and Why It’s Key to Your Business Survival

When severe weather, cyber breaches and other disasters hit, the topic of disaster recovery often finds its way to the top of many business owners’ and executives’ minds. After all, the ability to recover quickly and continue operating is key to your business survival. But unfortunately, after disaster strikes it’s already too late to ensure a smooth recovery.  

Here are a few reasons why Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning is essential to your business survival and some tips for making sure you’re ready if disaster hits your business.

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Windows 7 End of Life: What You Need to Know

Microsoft has announced that as of January 2020, it will be ending support for its popular Windows 7 Operating System. This is the end of life (known in the industry as EOL) for Windows 7, which first entered service in October of 2009 and at its peak had more than 630 million licenses sold worldwide. But all good things must come to an end: find out what the end of life for Windows 7 means for those organizations still using this once-popular operating system.

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Five Tips for Organizing Document Storage in OneDrive and Sharepoint

Cloud-based document storage tools like OneDrive and SharePoint have evolved to deliver multiple ways to organize and find files. Yet, many users still manage their document storage using outdated methods, even after moving their document storage to the cloud. In this week’s blog, we’re providing a few tips to help make organizing document storage easier in OneDrive and SharePoint.

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Selecting Cloud Storage for Your Business, part 2: Comparing Options

In our last cloud storage post, we discussed the pros and cons of free versus paid cloud storage for your business. Today, we’re going to compare Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox for Business, the most popular and feature-rich options for business cloud storage, and provide some ideas about what to consider when making your decision. Read on to learn how the most popular cloud storage options stack up.

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Selecting Cloud Storage for Your Business, Part 1: To Free or Not To Free

Let’s face it: we’re all swimming in data. Whether it’s generated by businesses or individuals, the amount of data generated worldwide today exceeds 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day. A quintillion, by the way, has 18 zeroes! By 2020, it’s expected that more than 1.7 MB of data will be created every second for every single human on earth.

Business data is a big part of that. If your business is already struggling to manage the data it generates today, imagine the world of the future where each employee is generating more than a megabyte of data every second. Where will you store it all?

The answer, if you’re like many businesses, is likely to be the cloud. But how do you select the right cloud storage for your business?

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Don't be Phished In! How to Spot Malicious Emails

Fishing season may be starting soon, but there's another type of "phishing" that's always in season - and that's the kind that comes in your email, not at the lake.

Email is not only a mission critical tool for communication and collaboration, it's also one of the primary ways that criminals attempt to infiltrate client networks to steal data, hold it for ransom and damage business reputations. Over the last year, these attempts have escalated, placing our client networks at greater risk.

"Phishing" is the most common types of malicious email attacks we're seeing. And like most email-based attacks, phishing depends on user trust to work. So, our technicians took the lead on providing the following tips to help our clients prevent being "phished in."

Read on to learn more about the different types of phishing attacks, and what you can do to prevent being "phished in." 

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Windows Server 2008 End of Life: What it Means to Your Business

Microsoft has announced that as of January 14, 2020, it will no longer support its Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 products. What does this mean to businesses that are still using Windows Server 2008 and how can your business prepare for the end of this trusted hardware’s lifecycle? Find out on today’s blog.

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Cybercrime: Is it really a threat to your business?

We’ve been posting a lot lately about cybersecurity. In part, this is because we’ve recently rolled out a cybersecurity solution called Complete Security. But that’s not the only reason. We truly believe that cybercrime is one of the biggest business threats to companies today; one that most are underprepared to manage.

In today’s post, we’ll give you four reasons and an example of why cybercrime and preventive cybersecurity should be top of mind when it comes to IT for businesses of all sizes.

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Email Spoofing: What it is and How to Stop it From Damaging Your Business

As with many other forms of cybercrime, Tolar Systems has been seeing an uptick in email spoofing attempts against the businesses we serve. In this post we’ll discuss email spoofing: what it is, why you should be concerned, and how to prevent spoofed emails from putting your business at risk with Microsoft Office365 Advanced Threat Protection.

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Employee Spotlight On: Rodney Rees

We've often been told that our people are what set us apart at Tolar. The recent rollout of our real-time customer feedback tool has confirmed it. Take, for instance, a recent client review we received about this month's Employee Spotlight subject, Rodney Rees.

Rodney was very pleasant and wonderful to work with. Thank you so much for the prompt service with a smile.

If you haven't yet had the chance to talk to Rodney, we hope you'll soon have the pleasure. He's a fun guy, and one of the most knowledgeable people you could hope to meet when it comes to technology. Learn more about him in this month's Employee Spotlight.

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Tips for Staying Safe with Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection

We take security very seriously here at Tolar Systems. That’s one reason we’re so excited about the latest security feature that’s available with Microsoft’s Office365 software. The feature is called Office365 Advanced Threat Protection: it helps keep users and businesses safe from a variety of online threats.

On today’s blog, we’ll talk about what Advanced Threat Protection is, how it works and how users can make their online experience safer by using it.

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3 Reasons Cybersecurity Risk Threatens Small Businesses

We’ve all read the statistics that say about half of all small businesses will fail within the first five years. Some failures happen because of a poor business model. Others may fail if market for the business’s products or services is smaller than anticipated.

But even if your product and market can support a sustainable business, your company can still fail if you’re not prepared to manage the risks your business faces. One of the biggest challenges your business faces in 2019, is cybersecurity risk.

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Cybersecurity Should be Part of Managed Security Package

IT is the lifeblood of most small businesses today, making cybersecurity an important of your business and IT strategy. That's because if your IT systems are attacked, it can cause serious downtime that costs your business time and profits, not to mention hours of frustration. 

Many IT managed service providers (MSPs) can help your business respond in the event of a cyberattack.  But does your IT service provider go further and provide cybersecurity protection as well? If not, your business could be at huge risk. Cyberattacks are increasingly targeting small businesses because their security protocols tend to be less effective.

Luckily, there are services that can meet both the IT and cybersecurity needs of today's small business. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Confused by IT Service Providers? Choosing Between an MSP or VAR

Business owners today have many choices when it comes to where they get their IT services. This article will discuss two of those options for IT services—managed service providers, also called MSPs, and value-added resellers or VARs.

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