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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.

What Happens to Your Data when Disaster Strikes?

What Happens to Your Data when Disaster Strikes?

No one ever hopes that they have to take advantage of their disaster recovery solution, but it is something that every business needs to have in order to sustain operations even in the worst of times. Comprehending how these solutions work, as well as the goals your organization has for them, are imperative to recovering post-disaster.

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3 Things to Try Before Calling Your Help Desk

3 Things to Try Before Calling Your Help Desk

Sometimes technology just doesn’t perform how we need it to, an annoyance that leads most users to call the help desk for assistance. While this is certainly well and good, we thought we would share a few tips that you can use to save some time for both yourself and your help desk, hopefully leading to a faster and more efficient way of troubleshooting problems.

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4 Tips to Improve Your Social Media Security Practices

4 Tips to Improve Your Social Media Security Practices

Successful businesses and influencers utilize social media to great effect, no matter the service, but as with most accounts in a connected world, security is extremely critical and can influence your own use of social media. Listed below are some ways that you can keep yourself safe while using social media and how smart use of social media can improve the security of your business, too.

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Examining a Four-Day Workweek

Examining a Four-Day Workweek

When you think about the workweek, there’s a good chance that some iteration of the 40-hour week, broken into 9-to-5 shifts on the weekdays, is what comes to mind. It’s just the way things are done. This may not be a good thing, however. Listed below is a consideration of the origins of our modern work schedule, and how changing it could provide us all with some significant benefits.

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Why Data Redundancy Is Imperative

Why Data Redundancy Is Imperative

When you read about concepts like network security and data backup, you might come across the phrase “redundancy” or “redundant.” Depending on your familiarity with the business of IT solutions, you might think of this as an odd term to use to describe something incredibly valuable. Listed below is a look at what this word means, especially in how it is portrayed in information technology.

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A Breakdown NIST’s Definition of Zero Trust

A Breakdown NIST’s Definition of Zero Trust

How many people do you fundamentally trust? In a zero trust network, that number is reduced to zero. The idea of such a network is that everyone, whether they’re operating inside of the network or out, needs to be verified… and as you might imagine, it has proven effective in preventing data breaches. 

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How to Optimize the Privacy Settings in Your Browser

How to Optimize the Privacy Settings in Your Browser

The Internet browser is certainly one of the most-utilized applications in this day of cloud-hosted resources and online content… but for all that use, is it also one of the most-secured applications? In some ways, yes… but there’s always a few extra steps that can help you enhance your protections.

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Examining the Variables Associated with Promise Voice Authentication

Examining the Variables Associated with Promise Voice Authentication

Authentication has been a significant talking point for the past few years, especially as the value of data has only increased and security has correspondingly increased in importance. As a result, more secure and reliable means of identity verification have also become more important. Now, voice authentication is being considered as such a means.

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Examining the 2 Types of VPN

Examining the 2 Types of VPN

Virtual private networking, while maybe not the most recognizable term to everyone, at least seems to be pretty straightforward. Such a specific-sounding term must apply to one aspect of technology and that one aspect alone, right?

In actuality, there are two kinds of VPN. Listed below are what makes them different, and which your business should utilize.

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A New Type of Malware: FoggyWeb

A New Type of Malware: FoggyWeb

The cyberattack on SolarWinds was devastating for many reasons, and Microsoft has officially uncovered yet another kind of malware used in the attack on the software provider: a backdoor threat they have named FoggyWeb. What does this threat do and why is it so imperative to look at this incident even now?

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Why Your Business Should Consider a Private Cloud Solution

Why Your Business Should Consider a Private Cloud Solution

The cloud is a great opportunity for businesses to enhance accessibility of data and increase productivity, especially while remote, but for those who do not know how to approach it, the cloud can be intimidating. Listed below is the case for a private cloud solution and why you should consider it as a viable option for your business, even if it does not seem like it at the moment. 

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How to Emulate Enterprise Networks

How to Emulate Enterprise Networks

The significant difference between an enterprise and a small or medium-sized business is just its size. As a result, many of the tools that the enterprise takes advantage of can easily be used by their smaller counterparts. Listed below are a few of these processes and technologies.

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Vulnerabilities Discovered in Azure-Linked Managed Database

Vulnerabilities Discovered in Azure-Linked Managed Database

It’s not unheard of for some threats to remain undiscovered for months or even years, as is the case with an especially nasty one in the Microsoft Azure database system. This exploit, discovered by cloud security provider Wiz, is built into Cosmos DB, Microsoft Azure’s managed database service. Listed below is a look at the exploit and see what we can learn from it.

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Essential Best Practices for Your Business

Essential Best Practices for Your Business

Whenever your technology is involved in your business processes, it is imperative that you abide by best practices to see the most effective results. Listed below are the most effective practices that you should reinforce in your operations.

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Having a Thorough Backup Plan is Critical

Having a Thorough Backup Plan is Critical

Take a moment to imagine yourself in this scenario: you are going about your day-to-day business when all of a sudden, something profound happens to disrupt operations, grinding productivity to a halt and possibly even putting your organization’s workers or infrastructure in jeopardy. No matter the disaster experienced, you need to have a plan in place to not only respond, but also recover from the incident in the most efficient way possible.

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Explaining CC and BCC in Email

Explaining CC and BCC in Email

We’ve all seen the fields CC and BCC in our email, and most of us have probably used them before. Where did we get those terms, and how is each of them properly utilized?

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What a Recent Study Reveals About Knowledge Workers and the Remote Workplace

What a Recent Study Reveals About Knowledge Workers and the Remote Workplace

You might think that remote work for specific positions is taking off, and while this is true for some companies, it’s not the case for all. For instance, Knowledge workers are seeing fewer and fewer new job postings, as evidenced by a report from Braintrust. This report analyzed 150,000 new job postings and had some surprising results on the remote work front.

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Advantages of Remote Work

Advantages of Remote Work

Remote work has been embraced over the past two years, in no small part due to the impact of the pandemic. That being said, some of the impacts of remote work have made it clear to many businesses that its advantages shouldn’t be sacrificed once it is no longer required. Let’s review how businesses can improve by continuing the practices of remote work, even after the need for remote work has passed.

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Explaining Windows 8.1 End-of-Life

Explaining Windows 8.1 End-of-Life

Windows 11 is quickly approaching; now is the perfect time to discuss Windows upgrades and upcoming end-of-life scenarios, including Windows 8.1, which is slated to expire in 2023. You might be wondering if you have the hardware to handle this upgrade, and that’s a valid question, but what does the end-of-life scenario for Windows 8.1 really look like for your business? 

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Outsourcing IT

Outsourcing IT

Companies often struggle with finding talent, and a variety of factors can contribute to this. Some are limited by their geographic location, although this has been made significantly less of a factor thanks to remote technology, whereas others might be limited by budget. Fortunately, outsourcing is a great way to shore up weaknesses in your organization’s operations, particularly for finding IT talent.

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