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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.

Four Threats From Inside The Business You Have To Be Aware Of

Four Threats From Inside The Business You Have To Be Aware Of

Taking into consideration the leaks and vulnerabilities that have been brought to light over the past few years, network security is a critical priority for every organization. One problem many have is that while they are protecting their network and infrastructure from threats outside the business, there are real threats coming from the inside. Below we examine four ways threats can cause havoc from inside your business.

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Soon, Blockchain May Be Have the Capability to Protect Your Entire Identity

Soon, Blockchain May Be Have the Capability to Protect Your Entire Identity

Blockchain is one of the most recent and greatest developments to arrive in the computing industry. The spotlight is on Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ether, Dogecoin, and a few other cryptocurrencies that take advantage of the blockchain, but it’s important to realize that it’s not exclusive to cryptocurrencies. Blockchain has numerous great uses, with some of the most critical being cyber security, transparency, and privacy.

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Examining the term CPU

Examining the term CPU

A computer is a complex device and needs something to help it “think.” Because of this responsibility, the component that serves this purpose is perhaps one of the most important of all a computer’s pieces. Known as a CPU (or central processing unit), this tiny chip is essential to the computer’s function. Let's examine CPUs a little closer below.

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The Growing FinTech Market Explained

The Growing FinTech Market Explained

Cash needs to move in order for the economy to work. Traditionally, banks are the major lending institutions, and as a result have to cling to a variety of regulations. To provide an equitable system that people aren’t afraid to use, there are a lot of checks and balances that have put in place by the bank and regulators. Today, there is an increase of what are called marketplace lenders (MPLs) that are altering the way people and businesses can access capital and it is powered by what is referred to as FinTech, or financial technology. Below let's take a look at FinTech and how it is changing the way we manage, borrow, pay, see, and use money.

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Macro Systems Can Help Manage Your Organization's IT Health

Macro Systems Can Help Manage Your Organization's IT Health

Your critical business systems are malfunctioning and you don't know exactly what’s causing the problem. Luckily, you aren’t caught up in this alone. There are people that can help you, just like a doctor would help you if you were ill. Nonetheless, instead of calling your healthcare provider, you want to call a managed services provider, or 'MSP'.

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How to Edit a PDF Document with Microsoft Word

How to Edit a PDF Document with Microsoft Word

If you’re looking for an alternative PDF file-editing software, the newest version of Microsoft Word will suffice. Not everyone wants to make an Adobe Acrobat invesment; if don't either you can turn to the reliable all-purpose word processing software to edit your PDF files.

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As Technology Evolves, so does Cyberbullying

As Technology Evolves, so does Cyberbullying

As technology has progressed, so have our capabilities of using it. While this has led to significant improvements in how we can live, it has also made it much easier for us to distress and harass others. This is a big, growing problem, so it is critical to know how to take a stand against it, both at home, and in the workplace.

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How to Construct a Triumphant Business Continuity Plan

How to Construct a Triumphant Business Continuity Plan

If you don’t recognize the worst-case scenario when constructing your organization's disaster recovery strategy, you’ll inevitably suffer from it when it disaster strikes. Taking into account all of these nuances is one of the key ways your business can prepare for such an event. All of these instances need to be considered when implementing your business continuity plan. Let's examine this below.

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Introducing Google Duplex

Introducing Google Duplex

At Google I/O 2018, a Google convention for developers, a remarkable new technology was unveiled. Titled Google Duplex, it adds a new level of utility and capability to the Google Assistant, enabling the Google Assistant to make phone calls on the user’s behalf that are nearly indistinguishable from human conversation.

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When Dealing With Cryptocurrency, Beware of Cybercriminals

When Dealing With Cryptocurrency, Beware of Cybercriminals

Cryptocurrencies are one of the most popular uses of blockchain technology; although their values seem to have decreased a little since the volatile growth they experienced a few months ago, that has not stopped people from seeking them out. Naturally, where there’s money to be made, there's going to be cybercriminals nearby.

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What Exactly is RAM, and What Does it Accomplish?

What Exactly is RAM, and What Does it Accomplish?

The Term 'RAM' can mean a number of different things, but in computing, there is only one true definition: Random Access Memory, and it’s a significant component in your computer. But what exactly does it accomplish, and what role does it play in ensuring that your business stays productive and efficient? Let's examine below.

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How Gamification Can Help Your Office

How Gamification Can Help Your Office

The office is a workplace; it probably isn’t a place that is usually associated with fun and games. Neverless, different aspects of games have been shown to provide significant benefits when introduced into the professional environment. Let's explore some ways in which some fun activities could help your organization.

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Some Advice on Malware Concerning Your Router

Some Advice on Malware Concerning Your Router

Cybercriminals and hackers, like most people, have a tendency to gravitate towards high-reward activities. In this instance, that means that focus is turning to developing malware that attacks the router, potentially infecting the users that leverage it to connect wirelessly to the Internet. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab discovered an example of such a malware; let's examine this threat and how to best protect your network.

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How to Get the Most out of PowerPoint

How to Get the Most out of PowerPoint

When you have to construct a presentation, you're probably going to use Microsoft PowerPoint. It’s a reliable, user-friendly solution for most purposes, but are you taking advantage of it to the best of your ability? Listed below are some tips to more efficiently utilize PowerPoint.

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How to Correctly Manage Software

How to Correctly Manage Software

In our modern era, every company relies on some type of software in order to function, so you need to ensure that this software is correctly managed in order to maintain operations. While this may sound like a lot of work, software management is rather simple and can be trimmed down into three steps: leveraging the available assets, testing your strategies, and comprehending what it is you have.

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How to Limit Time Spent Dealing with Vendors

How to Limit Time Spent Dealing with Vendors

There is a chance that you view your vendors as a necessary evil. While you have to work with them to get the software or tools that your organization needs to function, it’s difficult to not think of everything else that could be accomplished in the time you spend dealing with them. Alas, there are even more costs to dealing with vendors that you may not have considered.

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Gmail's Canned Responses Can Save You Time

Gmail's Canned Responses Can Save You Time

Email is a critical aspect of most business operations, but while it can provide a solid medium for communication, you don’t have time to respond to every single message in a sincere and meaningful way. Enter Gmail’s canned responses. Let's look at how you can set up your own canned responses, allowing you to cut down on wasted time during your email communications.

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Don't Overlook Your Network Security

Don't Overlook Your Network Security

It’s not difficult to overlook the importance of network security if you run a small business; you may think your operation is too small to be the target of malicious attacks. Unfortunately, this dismissive attitude can put your business at risk, as even a simple security problem could be enough to expose you to dangerous entities. To be blunt, we would call it foolish not to secure your business; and one of the most infamous security failings in history originated from this kind of carelessness.

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Some Ways Cloud Computing Can Help Your Business

Some Ways Cloud Computing Can Help Your Business

Cloud computing is a significant player in the way that businesses are tackling their daily operations. This mAY bring into question whether or not your business is actually using the cloud in the first place, but one thing is clear: if you haven’t implemented the cloud yet, it’s hard to not do so, especially considering how great it can be for your business.

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Computer Forensics Overview

Computer Forensics Overview

Have you ever wondered where the commonly accepted perception of cyber investigations comes from? You might be surprised to find out that the world of suits, ties, and data terminals is far from the reality of what these investigations are--or, at least, considerably more dramatic. For today’s tech term, we’re going to get to the bottom of this by investigating what computer forensics really looks like.

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