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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

The Growth of Modern Digital Services

The Growth of Modern Digital Services

Over the past several years there has been a monumental shift in the availability of tools on the Internet, and at the beginning of 2020, analysts thought that this type of service delivery would continue to grow at a swift rate. They didn’t account for a global pandemic. 

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Cybersecurity Tools that Help Your Business

Cybersecurity Tools that Help Your Business

Macro Systems likes to remind people as much as we can of the importance of staying up-to-date with your organization’s cybersecurity. There are numerous things you can do to strengthen your grip on your network. This month we thought we’d go over some of the solutions we provide to help our clients secure their network and infrastructure. 

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Five Features a Business Needs out of a Video Conferencing Solution

Five Features a Business Needs out of a Video Conferencing Solution

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted a lot of situations for a lot of people. One way it changed businesses is that they had to find a method to conduct business when their business models had been upheaved by the need to support newly remote workforces. One solution that most businesses and individuals found was video conferencing. Listed below is why the video conference is not just a remote solution, but also the new normal for businesses. 

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A Look at Productivity during the Pandemic

A Look at Productivity during the Pandemic

Some people may say that operational efficiency and productivity are only measures of how well managers are able to manage. Make no mistake about it, productivity is critical to workers, too. When COVID-19 spurred lawmakers to create stay-at-home orders in March of 2020, the fear was that productivity would decrease so much that it would destroy society. This clearly didn’t happen, but there has been some ebb and flow of the productivity metrics since the beginning of the pandemic. Below is a look at productivity during COVID-19.

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How to Recognize a Phishing Attack

How to Recognize a Phishing Attack

With email being such a significant part of doing business, phishing has become a popular tool of many scammers. To fight back, it is critical that you know how to recognize a phishing email, so we’re dedicating some time to doing just that.

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How a Cybercriminal Can Steal Your Text Messages

How a Cybercriminal Can Steal Your Text Messages

We always picture hackers as these foreboding, black-clad criminals, smirking through the shadows in their dark room by their computer monitor. Hard, uncaring individuals who don’t go outside very often, staring at code as if they were able to decipher the Matrix.

It’s time we give up this persona and stop mystifying cybercriminals. Why?

It only takes a few dollars and some spare time to truly hold an individual’s data hostage.

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Microsoft Word Features that can Enhance Your Productivity

Microsoft Word Features that can Enhance Your Productivity

A lot of companies rely on Microsoft Word, the leading word processing app for businesses, but the question is, are you utilizing it to its fullest potential? Listed below are some of the features that can help you be more productive with Microsoft Word.

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Facebook’s Colossal Data Leak

Facebook’s Colossal Data Leak

Facebook is many people’s favorite, or at least most used, app and it does offer value by letting them keep tabs on friends and family or grow their businesses. It has grown to be one of the largest, most successful software technology companies in the world. Alas, with that type of exposure comes the responsibility of securing massive amounts of personal data. In this quest, they leave a lot to be decided. Listed below is a look at the situation Facebook is in as they are dealing with one of the largest data leaks in history.

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Server Hosting Options to Consider

Server Hosting Options to Consider

Modern technology offers businesses more options than they’ve ever had, including where they want to host their imperative infrastructures. This decision will often boil down to between an onsite hardware implementation or utilizing the cloud. Listed below is a consideration of the differences that your decision needs to reflect.

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Modern Tools and Solutions that can Help Your Business

Modern Tools and Solutions that can Help Your Business

With every business having at least some revenue generation as a priority, it is critical that businesses comprehend how technology can help eliminate inefficiency via improved collaboration and productivity. Consider a few modern tools and solutions that can help a business as it strives towards its goals.

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Artificial Intelligence Can Help in Business

Artificial Intelligence Can Help in Business

Some of the topics discussed here may seem to be inaccessible to modern small and medium-sized businesses, bordering on science fiction. For example, consider the topic of artificial intelligence in business.

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How A Document Management System Can Help Your Business

How A Document Management System Can Help Your Business

Do you know how much paper you use each year? Do you know how much paper you have stored in your office? Do you realize that none of that is necessary? Modern digital filing systems as a part of a document management strategy can stop you from wasting your business’ resources on paper, filing, and printing. 

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What You Need to Know About Blue Light

What You Need to Know About Blue Light

Every day it seems like there’s a new threat to be concerned about. Clearly, there’s the Covid-19 threat that the whole world’s been dealing with, but there’s also the smaller things that we’re supposed to be worried about, such as “blue light”, for example. What is that, and what can it really do?

As it turns out, blue light is more than just a marketing gimmick, and can potentially impact your health. Listed below are a few tips to help you filter it out, and why you may want to do so.

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Is This the Era of the Desktop Computer Ending?

Is This the Era of the Desktop Computer Ending?

Is the era of the desktop computer coming to an end? Is it time to rip the bandage off and trash the traditional bulky tower, cables, and monitors for something sleeker, lighter, and more specialized?

Maybe!

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Why Your Organization Should Have a Well-Coordinated Backup

Why Your Organization Should Have a Well-Coordinated Backup

There are a lot of different ways that organizations approach data backup, ranging from backing up everything to backing up literally nothing- which we certainly do not recommend. In many ways, backup is simply a form of insurance, the difference being that you’re investing in a solution to a problem, rather than a means to cover your business’ damages.

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How Managed IT Benefits Your Business

How Managed IT Benefits Your Business

For most of the past years small business owners have been raked over the coals; dealing with sudden economic and political shifts isn’t great on the budget and in fact, many businesses haven’t made it this far. If yours has, you are almost certainly looking for value in every business investment that you make. There are few investments that you can make for your business that carry more value than managed IT services. 

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Ways to Improve Productivity

Ways to Improve Productivity

Businesses are always looking for a way to enhance productivity and some will try almost anything to do so. However, for the individual, managing your productivity is a little less complicated. That’s not to say that it is always simple. Usually, the best way to boost productivity is to improve time management. How does one go about changing their behaviors to boost their productivity? Listed below are a couple of ways.

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Revelations that Businesses have had in the Last Year

Revelations that Businesses have had in the Last Year

With so much tragedy, confusion, and conflict happening over the past year, businesses of all sizes have turned to technology as a required means of remaining open. As a result, the perspective that many of these organizations have of their IT has changed significantly. Listed below are some of the revelations that businesses have had, and how they’ll impact operations from this point on.

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HAFNIUM Attacks on Microsoft Exchange Servers

HAFNIUM Attacks on Microsoft Exchange Servers

The recent discovery of four defects in Microsoft’s Exchange Server software came too late to prevent a rash of stolen emails, but that doesn’t mean you need to remain vulnerable to this attack. Below is the story so far, and how you can help protect your business.

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Comprehending Bitcoin

Comprehending Bitcoin

Bitcoin entered the pantheon of interesting technologies just over 12 years ago; while you’ve probably heard a bit about them, you may not really understand what Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, are. Thus, we’re going to try to give you a basic rundown of what a Bitcoin is.

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