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What Baltimore Could Have Done to Prevent the Cyber Attack

By: Total Computer Solutions

On May 7 2019, Baltimore City officials woke up to a harsh reality check: a ransomware cyber-attack. Anonymous hackers had breached the city's servers and had effectively locked away Baltimore's digital content, and were now demanding for $113,000 per day to relinquish the data.

The city's operations ground to a halt. Government emails were down, online payments for public utilities had frozen, and real estate transactions out of bounds. It would take weeks, or even months to restore the.

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What to Do About Microsoft 7 End-of-Life

By: Total Computer Solutions

Beginning January 14, 2020-- less than one year from now-- Microsoft will discontinue support of Windows 7. Following this date, business professionals will be on their own should they need any technical or security support for their systems. Plenty of old technology can be upgraded to run Windows 10, but you may want to begin planning for a full hardware overhaul; it will likely save you cash in the long run.

Making the upgrade to Windows 10 is critical to any company that wants to maintain.

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Tips on How to Create Stronger Passwords

By: Total Computer Solutions

The fact that you use passwords to protect your personal property or information does not guarantee protection against hackers. Today, websites with extra security protection are also available, but that does not suggest that you are immune to cybersecurity risks.

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Ways to Protect Your Company When an Employee Leaves

By: Total Computer Solutions

No matter how good an employer you are, you will have employees quit, resign, or retire. When an employee leaves the company, you need to go through several steps to help protect the company.

Most of the time an employee departure will be amicable. The employee will give two weeks' notice, which will allow you to start the process of finding a replacement, possibly hiring a temp to fill in during the search, etc. In some cases, it may be less so, especially if you had to terminate the.

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Why Your Business Is Not Prepared for a Disaster

By: Total Computer Solutions

Many business owners make a fundamental error when it comes to disaster recovery: they assume that their backups are working. Once those automated processes are set up, they merely assume that they are running smoothly, with few checks to ensure accuracy and capability. Then, the system goes down, or data is needed for recovery. That is when they discover that their backups are inadequate to their needs. 

How Often Do You Back Up Your Data?

In general, we recommend that business owners back.

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Inside Tallahassee's $500,000 Cyber Attack: Why Security Awareness Training is So Important

By: Total Computer Solutions

Recently, Tallahassee, FL, fell victim to a cyber attack that cost the city nearly half a million dollars. 

This high-profile security breach serves as a model cautionary tale but is unfortunately just one of many costly cyber attacks that target companies, businesses, schools, and cities. Though $500,000 may seem excessive, the average cost of a cyber attack is greater than $1 million. Though hackers show no sign of slowing, understanding Tallahassee's attack can help companies and.

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Total Computer Solutions Teams Up with Experts for Cybersecurity Panel- Cybersecurity for Business Owners

By: Total Computer Solutions

Managed IT leader, Total Computer Solutions together with FBI Special Agent, Adam Scholtz, and Certified Ethical Hacker Garrett Baltezegar will hold a “Cybersecurity Panel Discussion” to address business concerns related to data security on April 11, 2019. 

Does cybersecurity concern you? Would you like to know how to make your business safe? Are you worried about data security breaches, but you do not know where to start? Over 94% of data breaches involve small and medium-sized businesses.

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Total Computer Solutions Receives “Best Christian Workplace” Certification By the Best Christian Workplace Institute

By: Total Computer Solutions

Greensboro, N.C.-- March 11, 2019 -- Total Computer Solutions (TCS) is proud to announce that it has been awarded two years in a row the “Best Christian Workplace” certification by The Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI). This award makes TCS, the only Managed Service Provider in North Carolina to have received this award. 

“It makes me so happy that we have received this award twice,” said Mrs. Shaun Floyd, Service Manager for TCS. “TCS is a strong company built on a Christian.

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5 Questions You Need to Ask About Backup and Disaster Recovery

By: Total Computer Solutions

How safe is your data? As a business owner, it is crucial that you protect data because the consequences of a breach can lead to the loss of your business. You can have peace of mind knowing that your invaluable data is safely archived and readily available for restoration even after a disaster. Here are five critical backup and disaster questions to ask yourself. 

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What You Need to Know About Data Recovery

By: Total Computer Solutions

As your organization prepares your IT systems to maintain business continuity, you should understand the type of business continuity solutions available to you and how they differ. 

Many organizations hear the term "backup" and believe that refers to a comprehensive, all-inclusive answer to your business continuity needs. That is not always the case. Different systems have different features with various pros and cons associated with each. As you look for your solution, it is critical to.

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