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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 Match Chrome's Look to New Windows 11 Desktop

How to Match Chrome's Look to New Windows 11 Desktop

Google’s latest update for their popular Chrome browser has a surprise: Chrome can now change many menus to Microsoft’s Windows 11 style menus. While this may be a surprise to some, Google and Microsoft have started to work together in places. Microsoft’s Surface Duo smartphone runs Android technology, and now Google’s Chrome can be customized with Microsoft software in mind.

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Steps to Identifying and Responding to Phishing Emails

Steps to Identifying and Responding to Phishing Emails

Phishing is one of those threats that has been around for a while, and as time passes by, only become more difficult to identify. Some businesses can’t tell the difference between phishing scams and actual emails. Listed below are steps your organization can take toward properly identifying and responding to phishing emails.

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What to Contemplate When Implementing Cloud Tools

What to Contemplate When Implementing Cloud Tools

Cloud computing has been a godsend for many businesses by offering the flexibility and scalability they need to grow and enhance their offerings. Cloud computing, naturally, also provides some capital cost reduction. There is no question that the cloud brings plenty of benefits to companies small or large, they now have the ability to pay per month for the computing resources they were making hefty capital investments for not too long ago; and, by-in-large, these investments pay off. 

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The Process Our Clients Follow When They Need IT Support

The Process Our Clients Follow When They Need IT Support

You’re busy working, when suddenly your computer crashes…what do you do? Of course, your first response should be to reach out for support. Listed below is an explanation about how your acquisition of support may go, even if your problem cannot be resolved remotely.

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A Look at The Great Resignation

A Look at The Great Resignation

We are in the midst of a phenomenon known as The Great Resignation, and like many other time periods in the past with “great” in their title, they are anything but that. In this case, the Great Resignation has to do with people leaving their jobs without having new ones lined up, creating a lot of problems for businesses with employee turnover. Listed below is a closer look at the Great Resignation and what it means for small businesses.

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Google Has One Final Change for it's My Business App

Google Has One Final Change for it's My Business App

The Google My Business application has helped business owners manage their online presence for some time now, having gone through numerous name changes in its time. Google has one final change planned for its application, however.

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Is Your VPN Actually Securing Your Data?

Is Your VPN Actually Securing Your Data?

With the world dramatically changing in the past two years, work strategies have changed substantially. Now companies that once were anti-remote work are embracing the strategy. This means that the way they need to manage their IT has to change with the times. Alas, threats also evolve. Hackers and scammers are now doing more to target virtual private networks. 

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The Best Announced Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

The Best Announced Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

With the holidays approaching, people are ready to go out and find the best gifts for their loved ones. That being said, people don’t want to spend their money frivolously; they want to find the best deals while they are available. Listed below is a list of some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that have been announced so far.

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Why Managed Services Work

Why Managed Services Work

Businesses have always relied on technology in at least some capacity, whether it’s hosting an email server or platform or using a word processor for various tasks. However, many struggle with technology procurement, management, and maintenance for a variety of reasons. Listed below is a look at what some of these reasons are, as well as how managed services can relieve these pressures to create a better experience for your organization as a whole.

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What You Need to Know About the Facebook Outage

What You Need to Know About the Facebook Outage

We’re all aware of the outage that Facebook experienced a few weeks before it announced its Meta rebrand, which prevented users around the world from accessing the services that the social media giant provides. While it may not sound like a significant issue that people couldn’t share their thoughts with one another for a short time, the ramifications stretched far beyond the inability to scroll through a Newsfeed.

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How Managed IT Services can Limit Computer Repair Costs

How Managed IT Services can Limit Computer Repair Costs

When you read the articles available on our blog, you may see the phrase “managed services” a lot. That’s because we firmly believe that managed services are the solution to a lot of problems that small and medium-sized businesses have with technology management, maintenance, and acquisition. How can managed services help your business push past its limits and establish itself as a powerhouse in the local market? 

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How to Find Your Printer’s IP Address

How to Find Your Printer’s IP Address

Having a network-connected printer is good, but there might come a time when you must know what the IP address is. Listed below is how you can find your printer’s IP address in the settings for Windows 10 and why you might need to know this information.

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Network Monitoring Can Help Your Business

Network Monitoring Can Help Your Business

Network security is remarkably critical for businesses, whether they are small organizations or large enterprises, regardless of industry or number of clients served. Your business needs to take it seriously, which means that you need to actively monitor your network for signs of intrusion. Listed below is a look at what goes into network monitoring.

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Warning Signs that Your Business is Relying Too Much on Technology

Warning Signs that Your Business is Relying Too Much on Technology

While we have a lot to say about the advantages of the right IT solutions, even we can acknowledge that there is a point of diminishing returns. Thus, how much technology is too much technology, specifically in terms of the software your team relies on? Listed below are some of the warning signs.

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Headphone Cleaning Tips

Headphone Cleaning Tips

A lot of people spend the modern workday with headphones on or earbuds in, listening to music as they work or communicating via a headset; it's inevitable that these devices will get dirty. Listed below are tips on how these devices can be safely cleaned to get rid of the grime that nobody wants to be wearing on their head.

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The Most Common Subject Lines for Phishing Attacks

The Most Common Subject Lines for Phishing Attacks

Even the most cautious employee could fall victim to a well-placed phishing email. What are some factors that contribute to the success of these cyberattacks, and what subject lines in particular should people be cautious about? A recent study takes a look at what goes into a successful phishing attack, and you might be surprised by the results.

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Common Misconceptions about Technology in the Workplace

Common Misconceptions about Technology in the Workplace

When you invest in a new technology solution, you might be wearing your rose-tinted glasses and expecting too much from the solution right out of the box. We all have expectations for what we want the solution to accomplish, but sometimes these expectations just are not realistic. Listed below are some common misconceptions people have about technology in the workplace, especially in regards to implementation.

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How to Reduce Employee Burnout

How to Reduce Employee Burnout

Workplace burnout is a serious problem that can have far-reaching effects in your business. Thus, it is imperative that you can identify when one of your team members is starting to feel it, and know what you can do to help reduce it. Listed below are factors that can lead to burnout, as well as a few ways to remediate it.

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TangleBot: A New Malware That Targets Androids

TangleBot: A New Malware That Targets Androids

You often hear about malware that infects desktop PCs, laptops, or servers, but other kinds of malware that infect mobile devices also exist. One such malware, a threat called TangleBot, has been discovered, and it can become seriously problematic for both workers and consumers utilizing Android devices, especially in the modern mobile-centric workplace.

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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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