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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.

What to Look For in a Managed Services Partner – Onboarding

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When you’re trying to determine if choosing a managed services partner for your business, the onboarding process the partner uses should a key consideration. Why? Because the onboarding process sets the tone for the entire engagement. Learn more about why the onboarding process should be an important consideration when selecting a managed service provider on today’s blog.

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Eight Signs Break/Fix IT is Right For Your Business

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Could break/fix IT be right for your business? At Tolar Systems, we pride ourselves on providing professional, standards-based IT services to clients across Texas. We prevent problems with our clients’ IT, support their business growth and productivity and provide predictable, professional results at an affordable price. But, even though we think our service model is the best for most businesses, we know that managed services probably isn’t for everyone. For some, break/fix, hourly IT services may be a better fit.

How do you know if break/fix, hourly IT services is right for you? Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Why IT Standards Matter to Your Business

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One of the major advantages of working with an IT managed service provider like Tolar Systems is that we can help align your technology with industry standards. But what kind of standards? And how does being aligned with standards help our customers’ business?

We’re going to talk about IT standards and why they matter on today’s blog.

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Disaster Recovery: What Business Owners Need to Know

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With natural disasters like fires in California, earthquakes in Mexico and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the news, not to mention man-made disasters like the data breach at Equifax, many people are wondering what to do if disaster strikes. But for a business owner, the challenge is even greater. If you want your business to survive and thrive, you need a plan to keep your business systems and data safe and your business up and running even when the worst happens.

Tolar System can help harden businesses against these threats with business continuity planning and disaster recovery planning.  Learn more about them from Tolar Systems.

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Microsoft Branding: OneDrive or OneDrive for Business?

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As a leading Texas managed service provider and reseller of Microsoft cloud-based Office365 applications, we are often asked about the differences between Microsoft’s personal and business-branded products. One of the products that causes the most confusion is Microsoft OneDrive and Microsoft OneDrive for Business.

We’re going to compare and contrast these two very different products in today’s blog. Read more after the jump.

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Understanding Microsoft Solutions: Skype vs. Skype for Business

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When selecting the Microsoft solutions that are right for your business, many small business owners are confused by the different brand names that Microsoft has for its solutions. We recently discussed the difference between Office365 and Office365 for Business; today we’re going to discuss the differences between Skype and Skype for Business. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Multifactor Authentication and Office365 – Why You Should Use It

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In this article, our goal is to help you understand what multifactor authentication is, and why we believe every Office365 user should be using it. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Five Signs of Malicious Email Content and How to Protect Your Business

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In 2009, the percent of email classified as spam or unsolicited peaked at more than 90 percent. Since then, spam rates have declined to 56.7 percent as of March 2017. But unfortunately, while spam email is declining overall, the number of emails that contain malicious content has increased. That means it’s more important than ever for users to know how to spot and protect themselves from malicious email content. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Five Ways to Protect Your Business Against Malware Threats

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Malware, ransomware, viruses, worms…cybercriminals are constantly dreaming up new ways to attack businesses and individuals that use any form of technology. Learn how to protect yourself from Tolar Systems.

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What the Equifax Data Breach Means to Your Business

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Yesterday, we discussed what consumers should do in the wake of the breach of data at Equifax. But what about its effects on your small business? Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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The Equifax Breach: What It Means To You

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The biggest news in the last few weeks in the world of finance and the world of technology is actually the same story: it’s the Equifax breach. Personally identifying data from more than 143 million individuals were breached by one of the world’s largest credit reporting agencies, leaving millions of individuals and businesses data vulnerable.

What does this breach mean to you, and how can you protect yourself and your business? Read on. 

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Wrist Pain? Carpal Tunnel? Maybe Workspace Ergonomics Are to Blame

As office workers spend more time on computers, poor workspace ergonomics are causing a number of common health problems. Among the most painful and aggravating of these are carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist tendinitis caused by overuse and poor ergonomics of your keyboard or traditional mouse.

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Why Choosing the Right Microsoft Brands and Solutions Matters to Your Business

As the Texas Big Country's leading authorized reseller of Microsoft products like Office365, we get a lot of questions about which Microsoft brands and solutions best meets our customer’s needs. Why are there so many brands and solutions, and what do they all mean for the customer?hy does a solution that sounds pretty similar cost more for a business customer than for a home or student customer?

We’re going to break down some of these differences, focusing specifically on Office365, in today’s post.

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Are YOU a HIPAA Business Associate? The Answer Could be YES for Attorneys and Accountants

HIPAA has been a key issue for health care providers and the technology firms that server them for more than 20 years. But recently, more companies are being defined as a HIPAA business associate. This means that even businesses not directly related to healthcare may now be required to comply with HIPAA regulations.

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What You Need To Know About Your Managed Services Agreement

If you’re looking to delegate your IT to a managed services provider or MSP, you'll typically need to sign a managed services agreement to outline the services the company you’ve chosen will provide and to set mutual expectations. For most businesses outsourcing with an MSP for the first time, there can be questions about what’s normally included in one of these agreements and what the components of the agreement mean.

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Tip of the Week: Protect Your Online Identity With These 8 Tips

Tip of the Week: Protect Your Online Identity With These 8 Tips

The Internet has long been a great tool for business, but you can’t take advantage of it without putting your sensitive data at risk of threats, like hackers and malware. Granted, when it comes to cyber security, even the most cautious business will have a lot on their plate. We’ll go over eight of the most important security best practices, and how you can implement them for your business.

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Disaster Recovery and Why it Matters to Texas Businesses

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When you mention the term 'disaster recovery,' most people think about the big ground-shattering events like earthquakes, fires, floods, tropical storms, etc. While these natural events are certainly disasters and devastating in their own right, smaller things can constitute as a disaster for your business, and they aren't seasonal.

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What is your Identity Worth to You?

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Your identity has quite a lot of value, especially in the wrong hands. Security firm ZoneAlarm put together some numbers in 2011 concerning identity fraud, and it even shocked us. Let's talk about a few of these statistics and what it means.

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Quick Guide to Managed Service Pricing

Guide to Managed Service Pricing

If you’re looking to hire an IT managed services provider (MSP), you might be wondering why there are so many different managed service pricing models and what they all mean. Some IT managed services providers use a tiered model of pricing (gold, silver, bronze, etc.). Others might use a per user or per device pricing model. Some have an option where you can get one specific service, others allow you to access all their services for a flat monthly rate. There are also hourly rates and even advance billing options in some cases.

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Slow Computer? Increase your memory to boost computer Speeds

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Sometimes when your workstation feels bogged down, a relatively cheap and simply hardware update can make a huge difference in performance. Adding more RAM (Random Access Memory, often just referred to as memory) can be a game changer for your bogged down PC.

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