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

Be Wary of Media's Portrayal of Hacking

Be Wary of Media's Portrayal of Hacking

There have been a significant amount of discussions in the media about the effect that movies and television have had on society. More often than not, the media that is produced is a result of the ebbs and flows that occur in society, which ironically makes the whole notion that television and movies affect society a fascinating contradiction. The absurd portrayal of criminality in media is one problem that is massively debated by lawmakers and sociologists.

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Is Virtualization Right for your Business?

Is Virtualization Right for your Business?

Virtualization has offered opportunities for companies who want to make their operations more flexible, but your organization can’t simply implement it without a plan. Your organization needs to have specific requirements in mind for its cloud hardware. Macro Systems can help you make the best decision possible regarding the adoption of virtualization for your organization's needs.

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The Difference between Microsoft 365 and Office 365

The Difference between Microsoft 365 and Office 365

Microsoft is a juggernaut in the increasingly competitive business world with its many, many solutions for businesses of all sizes. With so many options, it can be tricky to figure out the right solution for your organization. Fortunately, you don’t have to figure that out on your own; Macro Systems will help you understand the difference between Microsoft’s Office 365 and Microsoft 365 solution.

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A Few Tips on Maintaining Productivity during the Workday

A Few Tips on Maintaining Productivity during the Workday

Sometimes even the most hard-working employee need a break for the sake of their mental well-being. Similar to the devices we all utilize every day, our brains need a chance to charge back up. Without a chance to de-stress and decompress, we are all susceptible to burnout. Listed below are a few methods you and your employees can use to revitalize or refresh yourselves.

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Three Signs Your Server Needs to be Replaced

Three Signs Your Server Needs to be Replaced

Servers are arguably of the most vital resources your business has, and they should last for many years. However, after a few years, they may begin to struggle to handle the workloads they once did; if they fail, they'll leave a whole business in a lurch. Knowing the signs of a failing server can significantly improve your chances of avoiding such a situation. Let's go over the three signs that your server needs to be replaced. 

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What Your Business Should Know About Securing Payment Cards

What Your Business Should Know About Securing Payment Cards

Cards are one of the most popular methods of making payments these days; it’s just more convenient than carrying a lot of cash on you at any given time. However, if your business accepts card payments, it puts you in a place of vulnerability. Considering how often payment cards are utilized for transactions, you need to take action now to keep your business from experiencing data breaches related to payment information.

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Tips on Promoting Your Employees' Physical and Mental Health

Tips on Promoting Your Employees' Physical and Mental Health

The human body is an incredible piece of technology, but you don't usually hear it discussed in most offices. Since your employees are so vital to your organization's success, you’d benefit from doing everything you could to help your employees to take good care of their physical health.

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Backup Solutions are Valuable to your Business, Even if There's No Disaster

Backup Solutions are Valuable to your Business, Even if There's No Disaster

All companies need to take preventative measures to secure their futures, but were you aware that data backup isn’t just about making sure your company survives in the event of a disaster? While natural disasters, user error, and other means of data loss can all be reduced through the development of a substantial data backup plan, your business will find use for your backup even during normal everyday operations, providing a considerable return on your investment.

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Google Search Tips

Google Search Tips

Google is the most browsed website in the world. That distinction doesn’t come easily; 4.2 billion people are active users of the Internet. Google claims to process around 3.5 billion search queries per day, or 1.2 trillion searches per year. Google has become the world’s most successful advertising site as a result, which can actually be an obstacle for users looking to get information about a specific subject.

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Modern Cyber Threats to Watch Out For

Modern Cyber Threats to Watch Out For

Cybersecurity is a vital aspect of managing any business. This is especially true in our modern era when there are numerous organizations formed specifically to steal credentials and sensitive information from your business. Let's examine how your company can implement proper cybersecurity practices.

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The Pros and Cons of Utilizing Social Media for your Business

The Pros and Cons of Utilizing Social Media for your Business

You could argue that social media is the defining feature of the information age. It has changed the way people communicate, market their products and services, and it has brought a litany of problems into public focus. Social media also currently costs many organizations billions of dollars a year in lost productivity. Below are a look at the pros and cons of social media, and how your company can put yourself in a net-positive position regarding the technology.

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Some Concerns About Using A.I. for Network Security

Some Concerns About Using A.I. for Network Security

Researchers continue looking for the newest and best in network security technology, and artificial intelligence is one of them. While A.I. has the potential to be a significant benefit to your business’ network security, it does so at a high cost. Is there a way to meet somewhere in the middle?

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Can You Be Productive When Your Computer’s Booting?

Can You Be Productive When Your Computer’s Booting?

Just like any other morning, you walk into the office, but, unlike any other morning, you discover that there are updates that need to finish being implemented before you can use your workstation. That’s certainly irritating. Sure, it’ll probably only take a few minutes to complete, but you have your coffee in hand, and you’re ready to get to work. How can you burn that time, without it being a waste?

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Should Your Business Contemplate Reducing Your Printing Costs?

Should Your Business Contemplate Reducing Your Printing Costs?

Reducing costs in the workplace doesn’t necessarily mean abolishing services you don’t need or eliminating positions that aren’t necessary. One of the easiest ways to make it happen is by taking a closer look at printing costs. By carefully analyzing and controlling your printing resources, you can limit the amount of assets you invest in printing and save a significant amount of revenue.

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Automation Can Help Your Organization's Productivity

Automation Can Help Your Organization's Productivity

There are some times where productivity is a challenge, especially if you’re being asked to work on something monotonous or repetitive. Automation solutions can be utilized to make these tasks less irritating. Depending on the purpose, they can also become an integral part of your organization's productivity strategy.

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How to Keep Your Personally Identifiable Information Safe

How to Keep Your Personally Identifiable Information Safe

It's amazing how much trust most people have in Internet-based companies; people routinely give extremely sensitive information to these companies without thinking for a second about what these companies do with it. Let's take a look at data collection practices, what Internet companies want with that data, and how millions of people every year become victims because they entrust their PII (Personally Identifiable Information) to companies that promptly lose it.

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The Latest Password Recommendations by NIST

The Latest Password Recommendations by NIST

Passwords are always a significant irritation for businesses, but in some industries, their importance is highlighted more than others. Specifically, government-based businesses need to be prepared to use more secure passwords. Obviously not all organizations are government-based, there’s something to be said about proper password practices that all organizations can learn something from.

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Three Data Recovery Problems Your Business Must Consider

Three Data Recovery Problems Your Business Must Consider

When it comes to data recovery strategy, you must ask yourself if you have the right strategy for your business’ needs. Below are several factors to be aware of when planning your data backup system, as well as how to make it happen.

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How Machine Learning Can Help Your Business

How Machine Learning Can Help Your Business

Some of the most successful companies in the world are utilizing machine learning, and its artificially intelligent capabilities to upgrade their offering or effectiveness. Below we explain what machine learning is and how it is beginning to work for organizations just like yours.

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How to Change Your Display in Windows 10

How to Change Your Display in Windows 10

Customizing your display settings is one of the best methods to make Windows 10 feel like your own experience. There are a lot of settings you can change to your specific liking. Macro Systems will walk you through how you can change the settings on your displays, whether it’s a new monitor or an ancient one.

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