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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.

How to Identify Phishing Attacks

How to Identify Phishing Attacks

Phishing has swiftly become the most popular form of cyberattack due to the method’s simplicity; it solely relies on a user’s gullibility. The weakest link to any business is usually the employees. In order to protect your business, you and your team need to recognize these social engineering cyberattack attempts. Below are a few tips on how to identify a phishing attempt.

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The Future of Cybersecurity

The Future of Cybersecurity

How worried are you with your organization's cybersecurity? When you envision your business in the future, do you see yourself constantly fighting cyberattacks, or paying ransom? Hopefully not, but what if cybersecurity turns into one of the hardest parts to maintaining a steady business? Below is a look into the future and hypothesize what your organization may need to do to defend against cybercriminals. 

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AR Progress

AR Progress

People have been talking about the oncoming AR trend for almost a decade now. Google Glass was supposed to dramatically alter technology, but because of security and privacy concerns, it has never come to pass. On the other hand, AR (Augmented Reality) is a growth market and applications for the technology are rapidly increasing. Below is a look at AR and what to expect from the technology in the coming years. 

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How to Avoid Mobile Device Threats

How to Avoid Mobile Device Threats

If you were tasked with looking up a phone number, calling a business, and navigating a new-to-you area, would you be able to without your smartphone? For some of us the answer will still be yes, but for a majority of us the answer is no. Smartphones have swiftly transitioned from a calling device to one of our most valuable tools. Shopping, navigating, video streaming, and an incredible amount of other capabilities are all at the palm of your hand. 

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The History of Cybersecurity

The History of Cybersecurity

The way a company approaches its network security is a very important consideration - especially to a company that is planning to have a future. This has contributed to cybersecurity becoming a multi-hundred-billion-dollar per year industry. In its short history, cybersecurity has had a significant impact on businesses, so it would be useful to go through some of the highlights of its deployment.

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What Your Business Needs to Capitalize on Remote Work

What Your Business Needs to Capitalize on Remote Work

Is your organization equipped with the required tooling to adopt remote working strategies? Remote workers have a remarkable amount of benefits to contribute to your business’ operations. Remote work is not feasible without a well-thought-out strategy, however. Do you know what your business needs in order to capitalize on remote workers? 

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How to Spot a Phishing Attack

How to Spot a Phishing Attack

Despite its eccentric name, phishing is a very significant threat to everyone, especially modern businesses. Thus, you must be prepared to identify its warning signs and circumvent risky situations. Listed below are a few tips to prevent you from becoming a phishing victim; make sure you share them with your employees as well!

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Tips on Avoiding Payment Card Skimmers

Tips on Avoiding Payment Card Skimmers

Carrying cash around is uncommon for many modern consumers. Debit and credit cards have taken over as the most widely used payment method. The convenience of not being given a handful of loose change must come at a price -- so how much will it cost you? 

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4 Ways Manufacturers Protect Against Cyber Threats

4 Ways Manufacturers Protect Against Cyber Threats

Manufacturers are fascinating businesses; not only do they rely on manpower and technology to produce goods, they also depend on IT to power processes, organize their supply chain, and improve organizational efficiency. Since October is Cybersecurity Awareness month we're going to focus on what a manufacturer’s cybersecurity efforts look like. 

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Exposing 5 Common Tech Myths

Exposing 5 Common Tech Myths

Companies rely on researched, thorough decisions in order to succeed. But what happens when the internet provides false information, and misleads you from the truth? Time to de-bust some popular tech myths.

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How to Create a Gmail Signature

How to Create a Gmail Signature

The email signature is a usually overlooked opportunity for a company to appear that much more professional. Listed below are directions on how to create your email signature in Gmail.

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Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365

Microsoft provides solutions that have a reliable history of being assets when businesses adopt them; however, like most solutions, what may fit well for one business may not fit well for all. 

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The Benefits of Going Green

The Benefits of Going Green

Recently, green technologies had a reputation for being costly, instead of cost-saving. On the other hand, business owners are beginning to see a multitude of benefits for going green - from cost savings to growing customer appreciation for environmental conservation.

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Android Work Profiles can Improve Productivity

Android Work Profiles can Improve Productivity

Many users want to utilize personal devices in a business setting, but some businesses do not support Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) because of the risk of data loss. There are a couple options to separate work data, but not restrict users from their own personal apps or data. Below is a look at how your business can take advantage of employees that already having a capable device, and how you can keep them from compromising security.

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Additional VoIP Features that can Help Your Business

Additional VoIP Features that can Help Your Business

For the small business looking to enhance both their communications system and their IT budget, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a great solution. VoIP provides clear and reliable calling services that some landline services just don’t offer. 

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All You Need To Know About Chromecast

All You Need To Know About Chromecast

The Chromecast is a convenient, easy-to-use device, even in a business setting. Yes, it is a consumer device, but some of its abilities directly translate to professional use. Below is a guide on setting up your Chromecast, four useful-for-business features, and the process of resetting your Chromecast if it ever requires it. 

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RFID: A Relatively New Technology That Could Help Your Business

RFID: A Relatively New Technology That Could Help Your Business

As technology progresses, gadgets are created which can be advantageous not only to our social lives but in our business practices. Enter Radio-frequency identification (RFID), a somewhat new technology which businesses have been progressively using.

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Should Big Tech Be Restrained?

Should Big Tech Be Restrained?

The big tech companies have influence. These organizations, which include Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook, have been in the spotlight more and more as the argument of data privacy has increased and become louder. Public sentiment is starting to blow back on their business model--and since, Yahoo, once the principal name in Internet-based services, was broken up and sold to Verizon for cents on the dollar after being at the center of the largest data breach in recorded history--there have been rumblings that there has to be something done to defend the public from major publicly-traded technology organizations that use individual’s data in ways that some deem unethical.

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How can Your Business Overcome Bad Password Practices?

How can Your Business Overcome Bad Password Practices?

Do you have different passwords for all of your accounts? Are these passwords adequately complex? Chances are you have used a repeating password at some point. Remembering 25 different logins for 25 different applications is hard enough, so it’s not surprising that most people will use the same password for many applications. Bad password practices are all too ordinary. How can you fix this issue?

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How Cloud Computing can Improve Your Business

How Cloud Computing can Improve Your Business

Thanks to the growing abilities of modern computing networks, businesses have been able to experience increased productivity. One such capability, cloud computing, has permitted businesses to reach outside of their physical location to conduct their operations. Below is a review of some of cloud computing’s other advantages.

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