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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.

Network Security: Three Steps to Secure Your Systems

Whether the network you use is for personal or business needs, network security is something that should always be taken seriously. In 2016 alone, more than 2 billion records were stolen or breached due to problems with network security. The cost to recover from a network security breach can be astronomical for a small business – a recent survey indicates that it costs SMBs more than $50,000 to recover from a breach in their security.

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What’s Net Neutrality and Why it Matters to Small Businesses

Net Neutrality has long been a topic of heated controversy within the technology industry, but for people outside the industry it’s always been a bit of a question mark. In the world of small business, Net Neutrality is rarely even thought about, let alone understood.

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5 Tips For Selecting IT Services for Small Business

If you’re selecting IT services for small business, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the choices available. You can choose from services associated with a box store, a local company that serves your hometown, or a national firm that may have an office in your area. You could select a service firm that is associated with a particular software or hardware provider.

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Who’s ICANN and Why Are They Causing Email Issues?

Recently some of our customers experienced email issues due to a policy change by ICANN that caused them to temporarily lose access to some of their email accounts for a short period. The incident reminded us that many people may be unaware of who ICANN is and why they matter to your business, so we thought we’d do a quick FAQ about ICANN here on the blog so that you can be educated and aware.

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Five Ways Break/Fix IT Breaks Your Budget

Many small business owners believe that choosing to only hire an IT technician when something breaks – what we in the industry call “Break/Fix” services – is more budget friendly than working with an IT managed services provider. In fact, a recent survey by CompTIA found that only 30% of businesses use any kind of managed services to maintain their IT.

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Is the Cloud Always the Best Option for My Business?

As more and more businesses turn to the cloud to help them meet rapidly changing technical needs, many business owners and managers are asking whether cloud based solutions are really the best option for their business. This is a complex topic, so we thought we’d look at it from a few angles.

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IT Managed Services – A Strategy for Growth

When it comes to strategies for growing your business, hiring an IT managed services firm might not be the first thing to come to mind. More typically, companies outsource their technology needs to an IT managed services firm because they lack the resources to manage the technology in house, or they are experiencing some technical difficulties that need to be resolved.

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What You Need to Know About Managed Services

As a Managed Services Provider or MSP, we are frequently asked a lot of questions about managed services. Some of the questions we are most frequently asked include, “what are managed services,” “how does managed services work,” and “what are the benefits of managed services to my business?”

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IT Services for Small Businesses: What you Need to Know

IT Services for Small Businesses

When it comes to IT services for small businesses, if you’re a small business owner, you already know that dealing with your IT can be a headache. Most small businesses rely heavily on their technology to do business, yet they do not know how to get the most out of the investments they’ve made.

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What is the Cloud? No, Really.

At Tolar Systems, we love answering our clients' questions about technology.  One of the questions we're asked most frequently is, “what is the Cloud?” So we thought we’d take some time to discuss the cloud in layman’s terms, and break it down in terms of what the Cloud means for your business.

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What is the Internet of Things (IOT) and why should you care?

At Tolar Systems, we are frequently asked about technology; one of the questions on many people's minds is, what is the Internet of Things (IOT), and why should you care?

In this post, we set out to answer these questions.

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Predictable Growth Series: Outsourcing Firms to Jumpstart Growth

Looking for ways to jumpstart your growth and delegate some of those pesky tasks you don't have time for? Consider outsourcing firms.

There comes a point in the growth of many businesses when you may need to consider solutions to enable faster growth. This is because most small businesses share a similar growth pattern: when you first start your business, one person does it all. As you become more successful, you hire a few more people to help.

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Managing Multisite Organizations, Part 3: Practice and Process

In the last two installments of this series on managing multisite organizations (click here for Part 1 and Part 2), we talked about challenges businesses face when operating in multiple locations, and some tools and systems that can help. In this installment we’re discussing the third part of the equation – the practices and processes that can help to make multisite organizations run more smoothly, whether you’re opening your first branch office, or your 101st.

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Managing Multi-site Businesses, Part 2 – Systems and Tools

In the previous installment of this series, we discussed some of the challenges multi-site businesses experience when trying to manage people across the miles. Those problems tend to center around issues of culture, communication and collaboration.

In this segment, we’ll talk about the systems and processes that can help to alleviate some of those challenges.

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Managing Multi-site Businesses, Part 1: Managing People Problems

Managing multi-site organizations is a real challenge for the owner of a growing business. As you expand, determining when, whether and how to add new sites or people to your organization are some of the most important questions you'll face.  Get these answers right and your business will thrive. Get them wrong and you'll have an administrative and technical headache on your hands.

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What is Virtualization and Why Does it Matter to My Business?

You’ve heard of the cloud, but have you heard about virtualization? Virtualization has been around for decades and is actually the technology that makes the cloud possible. It can also allow business owners to get high quality technology at a much lower cost than you may expect, and drive more value from technology you may already own.

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Cybercrime Trends and Security Update 2017

As we enter 2017, we at Tolar Systems feel it’s important to inform our readers about some of the latest cybercrime trends, and what you can do about them.

Sometimes, it may seem that cybercrime – whether it’s spoofing, malware, hacking or other types of malicious activity on the web – is a problem for people that live in big cities, or own big businesses.

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Best Secure File Sharing Tools for Your Business

Secure file sharing is becoming a real productivity challenge for many business owners, as more and more employees work remotely or from distant field offices. The bigger the file size, the bigger an issue this is – a 100Kb Word file is easy to email, but a 5G Powerpoint presentation presents real problems. Your attachment might be rejected by the recipient’s server if it exceeds the allowable file size, and it can take a long time to upload and download the files. During that time, you won’t be able to do much other than wait for the file to load.

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Taking Risks, Moving Forward: Apple Eliminates iPhone 7 Headphone Jack

Technology is constantly evolving. Whenever new technology or devices come along, the first to market with new products takes a risk on whether consumers will like, use and want to adopt this new technology.

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3 Ways to Improve Productivity With Technology and Tools      

Did you know that in a recent survey, more than 89% of American workers admitted that they waste time at work? Of those people, 31% said that they wasted an hour of time each day. A further 26% said they wasted two hours or more.

That’s a lot of time wasted, but it’s not all spent on Facebook or googling cat memes. Sometimes, the time we waste is spent responding to requests that might be better answered by someone else. Sometimes it’s trying to manage all of our tasks and being unsure where to start. Sometimes it’s setting up meetings or chasing down that one person whose input you need to do your job.

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