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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.

Understanding Your Employees' Perspective is Imperative

Understanding Your Employees' Perspective is Imperative

Productivity is always going to be a significant factor in the workplace. While you want to encourage your employees to get work done, you don’t want to be too tyrannical; it could have the exact opposite of your desired effect. How can you make sure that your employees are staying on-task and focused on their goals? The first step is understanding their motivations and long-term goals.

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Part One: The CPU

Part One: The CPU

When you looking to purchase some new computers for your business, making sure that you are targeting the right hardware is critical. To educate people on what they should be looking for in a new computer, we have created a multi-part series detailing the different parts of a computer. In part one, we will take a look at the CPU.

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Cybercrime is Becoming More 'Accessible' Everyday

Cybercrime is Becoming More 'Accessible' Everyday

There’s a reason that cybercrime is so common these days: it is no longer reserved for those with substantial programming knowledge to profit from. Now, according to a report by Deloitte entitled Black Market Ecosystem: Estimating the Cost of “Pwnership”, there is a complete economy built around easily accessible hacking tools that don’t require specialized knowledge to be utilized. 

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Be Ready for an Increase in Ransomware Attacks

Be Ready for an Increase in Ransomware Attacks

There have been less Ransomware attacks in both 2018 and thus far in 2019 when compared to 2017. Alas, recent events have made it more likely that this trend will reverse in the near future. Why is that? Simple: some municipalities have set a precedent of paying up.

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Five Ways Managed Services Can Help a Small Business

Five Ways Managed Services Can Help a Small Business

Other than their size and the resources at their fingertips, what makes a small to medium-sized business so different from a large, enterprise-sized one? If you really think about it, there isn’t all that much. This is why many SMBs have turned to managed services… to receive IT support comparable to what the large businesses receive. 

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A Firewall Alone Isn't Enough to Keep Your Business Secure

A Firewall Alone Isn't Enough to Keep Your Business Secure

Some terms are thrown around as if everyone knows what they are; this is especially the case with IT and technology solutions. Maybe it’s a result of them being around for quite some time in professional environments, but it doesn’t help those who are not familiar with the technology. One term that we should all know is “firewall,” as it’s omnipresent in the business sector, but it’s far from the only security solution you’ll need to guarantee safety.

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Identifying the Different Cloud Solutions

Identifying the Different Cloud Solutions

Many organizations have taken the cloud into consideration as their next technology implementation, but there’s more to adopting a cloud solution than just going to the cloud store and asking for one. You first need to determine what kind of cloud solution is best suited to your needs.

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Smartphone Security Tips

Smartphone Security Tips

Mobile devices are with us nearly everywhere these days, leading us to use them more and more in all aspects of lie, including for business purposes. As a result, cybercriminals have even more motivation to target them. Below is a list of practices to help you circumvent a mobile device being the downfall of your organization's security.

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Emerging Technologies that could Enhance Your Business

Emerging Technologies that could Enhance Your Business

Modern technology is becoming more and more common in every part of our lives. For the modern business, emerging technologies can equal big profits if they are implemented and utilized properly.  Let's take a look at a couple of the emerging technologies that organizations are using to improve the long-term outlook of their endeavor.

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Four Beneficial Business Solutions for Your Organization

Four Beneficial Business Solutions for Your Organization

While each modern business has its own balance of company culture and processes, there are certain varieties of software that all modern organizations in operation should be leveraging. Below we go over what these solutions are, and how they can benefit your business.

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Bad Employee Habits Can Leave Your Business Exposed to Security Risks

Bad Employee Habits Can Leave Your Business Exposed to Security Risks

Habits can be good way to enhance your internal productivity, but others can leave your business vulnerable to security risks. Alas, there’s a solid chance that your employees may have picked up the latter. This means you need to learn what to look for, so you can identify any problem areas within your business, and work to break the habits that led to these issues.

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Tips on Organizing Your PC's Files

Tips on Organizing Your PC's Files

If you don’t take care of your PC’s files, you will soon discover that it’s easy to lose track of where exactly everything is. You have many, many file types, folders, and applications sitting around without any real sense of organization or continuity. Below we'll focus on how to help you better organize your files in a way that is simple to comprehend. You should be able to do so in either your operating system file explorer or in your cloud-based file storage.

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Capital One Hacked, Information on 100,000 Customers Leaked

Capital One Hacked, Information on 100,000 Customers Leaked

Capital One is one of the biggest credit card companies in the world. On July 29th 2019, Capital One made an announcement: it was the victim of one of the largest data breaches in financial sector history. A former software engineer for Amazon has been indicted on charges related to the hacking.

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Tips for Setting Up Your Data Backups and Disaster Recovery Strategy

Tips for Setting Up Your Data Backups and Disaster Recovery Strategy

When this blog talks about backup and disaster recovery (BDR), it might appear as though we’re talking about a single process; after all, there’s just one acronym for it. Nevertheless, while these two processes are related to one another, backup and disaster recovery each require a different preparation process, with different considerations made for each.

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Tips on Improving Your Organization's Cybersecurity

Tips on Improving Your Organization's Cybersecurity

In the course of maintaining a business everyone has their own specific responsibilities. One overarching responsibility that all employees need to have today is a keen eye for detail. The health of an organization depends on it. A staff’s failure to properly shoulder their load of security can lead to a significant negative result for both the employee and the business. When your company gets infiltrated by hackers, that fault is largely found in the mirror. 

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Digital Signs Can Enhance Your Office

Digital Signs Can Enhance Your Office

Walk into any office and you’ll probably see signs on the wall indicating who is located where, as well as those that identify points of interest that visitors might need. With digital technology overtaking numerous aspects of the office, it was a given that it would eventually affect signage. If it’s utilized right, digital signage can highlight imperative parts of your office and encourage employees to give it their all during the workday.

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Using Too Much Data Can Impede Productivity

Using Too Much Data Can Impede Productivity

Productivity is the goa in business. Alas, there are so many interruptions in the workday, you have to capitalize on the moments where you’re in the zone. To get in the zone more frequently, and to measure the ability of workers to find their zone, companies have started using trackable systems fueled mainly by their management software-usually a CRM, but sometimes a larger, more integrated solution-to pump out metrics designed to give managers an idea how their teams are performing, and give them an idea about how to best utilize them. 

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How to Prepare Your Business for Inevitable IT Changes

How to Prepare Your Business for Inevitable IT Changes

Whether we like it or not, technology changes quickly. That change is usually beneficial; you can accomplish more, gain more visibility, stretch your resources further, and do things you wouldn’t have thought possible or affordable a few years ago. On the other hand, sometimes technology changes arrive with the frustration of having to learn something new, develop new processes, and deal with a mountain of other annoyances. Listed below are some tips on how to prepare you and your business for the inevitable changes that your IT will be facing over the next few years.

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Details to Know About the End of OneNote 2016

Details to Know About the End of OneNote 2016

Microsoft is discarding OneNote 2016 in favor of the OneNote application bundled with Windows 10. The note-taking app will still be supported until October 2020, with extended support offered after that, but Microsoft will not be adding any additional features to it; instead, they'll be putting all of their efforts into making the version bundled with Windows 10 the definitive version. Some details to keep in mind when making the switch between these two solutions are listed below.

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The OneNote You're Familiar With is Coming to an End

The OneNote You're Familiar With is Coming to an End

Microsoft’s note-taking application OneNote will soon be reaching its end of life, along with the rest of the Office 2016 suite. Fortunately, most PC users already have the heir to OneNote 2016’s throne installed on their devices, so its end of life this October won’t be such a huge blow.

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