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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.

COVID-19 Pandemic Amplifying Cyberthreats

COVID-19 Pandemic Amplifying Cyberthreats

Keeping your network and infrastructure safe from cyberthreats is always a priority, but with so many people working remotely, businesses have encountered problems doing so. In fact, hackers and scammers have come out of the woodwork to try and gain entry into unauthorized networks or to steal data. Below is a look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the threats out there. 

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Cybercrime Continues to Increase Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cybercrime Continues to Increase Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over the past year, entrepreneurs have focused on how to do business amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. The public health crisis has been an opportunity for all kinds of cybercriminals, and the result has been an increase in losses (compared to the second-worst period on record) by over 50 percent. Below we consider the situation, and how it is, unfortunately, getting worse.

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Your Business Needs a Backup and Disaster Recovery System

Your Business Needs a Backup and Disaster Recovery System

Does your business have a dedicated data backup and disaster recovery system? A comprehensive backup and disaster recovery platform (BDR) can turn out to be one of the most important parts of managing a business’ IT infrastructure, and if you don’t have one, you should absolutely get one. 

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How to Utilize Mobile Apps on Your Desktop

How to Utilize Mobile Apps on Your Desktop

Windows 10 has played nice with the Android platform for a while now, but did you know that there is a way that you can actually utilize the same apps you would find on your mobile device on your PC? Listed below is how you can enable this capability.

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Less Expensive Smartphone Options from Samsung, Apple, and Google

Less Expensive Smartphone Options from Samsung, Apple, and Google

With smartphones becoming more costly every year, the top offerings from major manufacturers price some out of the market. This offers a chance for these companies to provide budget smartphones to a growing market of people who don’t want to drop $1,000 on a new phone. Listed below are options from Samsung, Google, and Apple that can be had for a fraction of the cost of today’s flagship smartphones. 

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Need Help Keeping Track of Your Technology?

Need Help Keeping Track of Your Technology?

Do you know when the last time your copier was serviced? Do you know if the software your business relies on has been updated and patched? If you have no idea about the answers to these questions, you may be staring disaster in the face. Below we discuss how you can ensure that your technology is managed and how you can keep your business from being jeopardized by a catastrophic operational issue. 

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A Refresher on Ransomware and Why You Should Never Pay Hackers

A Refresher on Ransomware and Why You Should Never Pay Hackers

If fortune smiles on your organization, you won’t ever have to deal with what we are about to discuss: ransomware. For the past several years ransomware has been a serious problem for businesses, governments, and individuals. Listed below is a discussion about the different types of ransomware and how some people want to put a ban on ransomware payments. 

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How to Minimize Support Costs Without Harming Your Business

How to Minimize Support Costs Without Harming Your Business

If you’re trying to limit your operating costs to give you more capital to build your business, it is imperative to keep in mind that sacrifice isn’t your only option. Instead, you also have the option of streamlining and minimizing some of your larger expenses by enlisting a managed services provider (MSP) and the more sustainable business model we adhere to.

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Five Ways to Maximize Your IT Benefits

Five Ways to Maximize Your IT Benefits

As the businesses all over continue to be restricted in their operations, costs have been a consideration that they need to put some serious thought into. Luckily, there are many ways that you can invest in technologies that significantly benefit your business operations without breaking the bank. Listed below are five ways to maximize your benefits, without maximizing your investments.

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The Most Innovative Smartphones Available Today

The Most Innovative Smartphones Available Today

Last week we took a brief look at the best phones money can buy. This week we look at devices that cost more than the flagship devices and don’t necessarily have the specs that back up the price. On the other hand, these devices have something else: an innovative new twist or two. Listed below is a look at some of the most innovative new devices that you can find on the market today.

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How to Monitor Your Workers without Crossing Any Lines

How to Monitor Your Workers without Crossing Any Lines

Of all the controversial topics in the workplace, employee monitoring is among the most divisive. As an authority figure in your business, it is only natural that you would want to ensure that your team is working diligently, especially as they are working remotely. However, there are some lines that cannot be crossed you should be aware of. The concept of monitoring your employees and what cannot be done is discussed below.

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How Your Business Can Utilize Artificial Intelligence

How Your Business Can Utilize Artificial Intelligence

As technology grows smarter, artificial intelligence has evolved into a more and more applicable solution that businesses of all sizes can utilize. Listed below are the various ways in which AI can be utilized to support businesses.

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2020's Best Smartphones

2020's Best Smartphones

The average person checks their phone 58 times a day. With so much use, many users want to know that they have a powerful smartphone that will give them the best chance of having the proper tool when they need it. The flagship smartphones (the best devices each manufacturer releases each year) usually give users all the bells and whistles they need to be successful. Listed below is a look at some of the best smartphones available right now.

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Four Vital Elements of Successful Network Security

Four Vital Elements of Successful Network Security

A modern business’ network security needs to be amongst its top priorities if it is to have any chance of operating without undue risk of data breaches and other problems. Admittedly, managing this sounds like a Herculean task, but a few relatively easy implementations can help give your security a significant advantage as you lock down your business’ future. Listed below is a review of four key components for successful Network Security.

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What You Need to Know About The New Phishing Tactic "Display Name Spoofing"

What You Need to Know About The New Phishing Tactic "Display Name Spoofing"

Having success in business usually relies on building trustworthy relationships. You have to trust your vendors and suppliers to get you the resources you require, you need to trust your staff to complete their tasks without putting your business in harm's way, and you need to trust your customers to purchase the products and services that you offer. Running counter to these necessary bonds of trust are people actively soliciting people’s time, energy, money, and attention for their own selfish purposes.

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Paying a Ransom Demand These Days Could Cost Your Business Even More

Paying a Ransom Demand These Days Could Cost Your Business Even More

Regarding ransomware, we have always stood firm in our recommendation not to pay whoever is responsible for locking down your systems. On the other hand, due to the globalized nature of technology and cybercrime, it is even more imperative that companies don’t attempt to placate their attackers with the demanded funds. Otherwise, warns the United States Treasury Department, these victimized businesses could very well pay severe fines for doing so.

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Three Steps to Creating a Successful Backup Strategy

Three Steps to Creating a Successful Backup Strategy

It is very likely that you have already heard us talk about the importance of a comprehensive data backup strategy. Recent events have made such preparations no less imperative for you to have in place. Listed below are some of the key steps that you need to undergo.

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Mobility These Days is Critical to Your Business

Mobility These Days is Critical to Your Business

If there’s one trend that is going to continue having a significant impact on a business’ technology, it’s mobility. People these days are doing more while mobile, having the technology to shop, manage their finances, and yes, work productively. Consider how a small business could leverage this mobility to its advantage.

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How VoIP Can Help Your Business

How VoIP Can Help Your Business

There aren’t many technological assets as critical for the modern business than its communications solutions. The telephone, while being one of the oldest currently utilized communications systems available, is still the most utilized. Below is a look at business telephone systems and why choosing Voice over Internet Protocol makes sense for your business. 

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What Has Zoom Done to Enhance Its Security?

What Has Zoom Done to Enhance Its Security?

As a communication tool, the video conferencing app Zoom saw a significant bump in its popularity with both personal and business users as the coronavirus pandemic made other means of meeting no longer viable. Nonetheless, this sudden increase in its user base also revealed some serious security problems with the platform. What has Zoom has done to resolve these problems since then?

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