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Macro Systems has been serving the Metro Washington, DC area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Upgrade to SSD For More Speed

Upgrade to SSD For More Speed

One of the most irritating modern things to deal with is a slow computer. There are a lot of factors that can slow a computer down: viruses and malware, too many applications running in the background, even time can seem to turn a relatively fast computer into a slow-as-molasses impediment to productivity.

If your computer is overall healthy but beginning to slow down, there is one simple upgrade that can help tremendously. 

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3 Options Once Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are Extinct

3 Options Once Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are Extinct

By the time you read this, Microsoft is shortly going to retire both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems; assuming that you are reading this before January 14. If you still are using these software in your business at this point, you need to upgrade, or else deal with the security consequences of dealing with unsupported software. We review your options below.

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How To Enhance Operational Effectiveness With Data Services

How To Enhance Operational Effectiveness With Data Services

Data has become a critical factor in what most businesses do every day. Even smaller businesses have begun to utilize their data for strategic purposes, and in doing so have begun a trend that has taken the world by storm. Let’s take a look at the data services that are designed to inform business owners and decision makers on how their business is actually working and how to enhance operational effectiveness.

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How to Enhance Your Password Practices

How to Enhance Your Password Practices

Passwords can be irritating. However, they are also incredibly imperative to your organization's overall security strategy. We’ve all heard the suggestions on how to create secure passwords; as it turns out, there is more to modern security then that. Let’s explore a few options to help you create useful passwords, and take a look why passwords are only the beginning. 

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A List of the Worst Data Breaches Since September

A List of the Worst Data Breaches Since September

Cybersecurity is becoming a colossal problem for every business due to the massive amount of data breaches that take place regularly. Organizations of all kinds are looking at strategies to secure their sensitive customer and employee data from hackers, malware, and any other potential danger. The issue is it’s not always as simple as just implementing cybersecurity software.

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The Imperative Role Automation Plays in Cybersecurity

The Imperative Role Automation Plays in Cybersecurity

Automation is sometimes misinterpreted as being bothersome or as an unreliable addition to business. It’s not about replacing people's jobs with machines, it’s about getting more done with the people you have. Having an attitude that doubts technology and believes nothing can replace human processing can put you at a disadvantage compared to your competitors.

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All You Need to Know About Fiber Optics

All You Need to Know About Fiber Optics

Estimating the economic impact of the Internet is a formidable feat; Cisco came up with 19 trillion dollars - 21% of all the money in the world. So, with access to a resource this valuable, why not to make the most of it.

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How to Be As Safe As Possible Shopping Online

How to Be As Safe As Possible Shopping Online

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the gift-giving holidays upon us, let's take a look at how we can be as secure as possible while shopping on the Internet.

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Outlook vs. Gmail

Outlook vs. Gmail

Email is obviously an incredibly useful tool in the business setting, helping with a wide variety of communication needs. On the other hand, in order to make the most of your emails, you need to have an email client that allows you to do so. Below we’re pitting two major email clients against each other to see which one offers the features that best suit your business and its needs.

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What You Need to Know about Two-Factor Authentication

What You Need to Know about Two-Factor Authentication

There are hackers out there whose sole purpose is to infiltrate businesses and pilfer data, money, and the trust people have in their technology. One method to help keep your things secure is by relying on two-factor authentication. Let's take a closer look at 2FA below.

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Different Types and Motivations of Hackers

Different Types and Motivations of Hackers

Most people's perception of hackers comes via what they see in modern pop culture … but does this perception match up to a hacker in real life? Alas, pop culture doesn’t always differentiate between different hacker types and their motivations very well.

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All Your Business Needs to Know About Office 365

All Your Business Needs to Know About Office 365

It would be difficult to find anyone who works on a computer who hasn’t utilized at least one of the applications in Microsoft Office. Office has been a staple for professionals, students, and home users for decades. Over the last few years, Microsoft has reinvented how businesses can collaboratively use Office to enhance productivity, security, and adhere to compliances.

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3 Practices Every Project Should Utilize

3 Practices Every Project Should Utilize

Any project that your business tackles will have its success defined by the specific goals you have set for it. This means that each project will be unique, its own concerns and considerations coming into play. On the other hand, when it comes to managing these projects, most of them benefit from largely the same practices. Let's review three practices that every project should incorporate.

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VoIP Can Reduce Business Costs

VoIP Can Reduce Business Costs

It's no secret that small and medium-sized businesses appreciate any opportunity to lower the amount of money they have to spend to successfully operate. One way that businesses of all sizes have used to do so has been VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephony. Let's we’ll explore just how VoIP solutions are much kinder to a business’ budget.

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Why Your Business Needs a Backup

Why Your Business Needs a Backup

Data has become another currency, and just like any other currency, some is much more valuable than others. This is especially the case concerning your business’ data, and why it is so imperative that you keep it secure.

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All You Need To Know About Facebook’s Privacy Settings

All You Need To Know About Facebook’s Privacy Settings

There's a reason we’ve been discussing Facebook quite a bit on our blog: we’re all concerned with our privacy, and Facebook has been notoriously front-and-center when it comes to Internet privacy. In this post we will break down Facebook’s privacy settings to help you gain control over your personal identity while using the social network.

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How to Manage Your Facebook Security Settings

How to Manage Your Facebook Security Settings

However you personally about Facebook, if you have an account it’s worth configuring and locking down your account to control what others can see about you.

Because Facebook is front and center when it comes to privacy-related issues worldwide, we are going to focus on how you can take control of your personal information. Additionally, this post will also serve as a starting point for anyone who doesn’t understand 2-factor authentication.

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Steps To Take Control Over Your Facebook Account

Steps To Take Control Over Your Facebook Account

Facebook is a large part of daily life for many people. There are more than two billion active users; if you select any 4 random human beings from anywhere in the world, at least one of them likely logged into Facebook today. 

It’s imperative to know that you still have control over your information, so in this blog we’re going to look at a few ways you can take control over your online identity on the world’s largest social network.

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Four Policies to Boost Business Security

Four Policies to Boost Business Security

Are you aware that, of all the vulnerabilities your business has to cyberthreats, your workers are one of the riskiest, simply due to their exposure to your business technology? If your business isn’t secure, it will become very difficult to serve your clientele. Let's take a look at four policies that can help you and your employees positively contribute to your business’ security.

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Managed Services Offer IT Procurement

Managed Services Offer IT Procurement

The information technology solutions that are available for businesses to utilize are continually improving. While these enhancements are beneficial to your operational abilities, you do need to make sure you are staying up to date; a managed service provider can help with IT Procurement. 

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