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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.

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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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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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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Why Content Filtering is Necessary for Your Business

Why Content Filtering is Necessary for Your Business

The Internet might be a great resource for today's businesses, but it can also waste a lot of time and expose your organization to more risks than you’d think. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to take action against these threats and do what must be done to protect your organization from them. One of the best ways you can do this is by implementing a content filter for your network traffic.

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What Exactly are IT Best Practices?

What Exactly are IT Best Practices?

We use the term “best practice” a lot… enough that, without an appreciation for what the term actually means, it can start to sound like just another buzzword that the IT guy is using to sound more impressive. We assure you that this is not the case, and that the term “best practice” actually does mean something.

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What a VPN Can and Cannot Do for your Company

What a VPN Can and Cannot Do for your Company

A virtual private network, also known as a VPN, is an imperative part of keeping your business safe while operations are taking place out of the office, but a discussion needs to be had about what a VPN can do and cannot do. This is especially critical to know for keeping your organization safe. 

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How to Improve Your Wireless Connection’s Strength

How to Improve Your Wireless Connection’s Strength

With more organizations leaning in the direction of remote connections and mobile devices, it’s no surprise that wireless Internet is such a pain point for businesses. Sometimes it can be an exercise in frustration to connect to your office’s wireless network, and you might not really know what to do about it. Listed below are some ideas to try and enhance your wireless network’s strength or signal.

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Introducing Windows Hello

Introducing Windows Hello

As time has passed, more focus has been put on balancing a user’s identity authentication in terms of its convenience versus its security. This has led to the development of solutions like Windows Hello, the biometrics-based system that Microsoft has introduced into the Windows operating system.

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3 Important IT Processes Essential for Modern Businesses

3 Important IT Processes Essential for Modern Businesses

With businesses relying so much on technology to accomplish just about everything, IT undoubtedly has an imperative role to play. It makes sense that you would want your organization's IT to deliver as much value as possible. Listed below are three IT-centric processes that are primed to help your business accomplish this.

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Self-Healing Software Could Be Coming Sooner Than Later

Self-Healing Software Could Be Coming Sooner Than Later

Cybersecurity is a massively critical consideration for modern businesses, and as a result, managing it is often given a considerable amount of time. However, recent developments suggest that this time can potentially be reduced by the use of “self-healing” security software. This may sound a little out there, but stay with us! We’ll explain.

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Ransomware has Become More Dangerous and Less Discriminating

Ransomware has Become More Dangerous and Less Discriminating

While it only makes sense to assume that a hacker would focus specifically on those targets that would bring them the greatest profit (in other words, larger businesses), the reality of modern cybercrime renders this assumption grossly outdated. Let’s examine how different developments in ransomware have made it possible for hackers to be far less discerning in who they target.

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The Right Technology Can Enhance the Customer Experience

The Right Technology Can Enhance the Customer Experience

Whether you refer to them as customers or clients, the people who act as patrons to your business are essential to its success and survival; you need to keep them as happy as possible. While there are many aspects of maintaining a high level of customer service, we wanted to take a bit of time to examine how deploying the right technology can assist your business in doing just that.

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How to Delete Temporary Files in Windows

How to Delete Temporary Files in Windows

We’ve all probably had the storage on our computer fill up a little too quickly for our liking. While you could delete or store unused files in the cloud, there is another method that you can use to quickly free up a little extra space that you might not have realized is there. If you can delete temporary files, you might find that you suddenly have a lot more storage space on your computer.

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Another Ransomware Threat Has Emerged

Another Ransomware Threat Has Emerged

Another ransomware threat is here, this time targeting unpatched and end-of-life products in SonicWall’s Secure Mobile Access (SMA) 100 series and Secure Remote Access (SRA) products. To make things worse, the threat is currently being used, so businesses utilizing these devices must take action now to limit how much damage this ransomware can do.

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Reasons Why Your IT Projects Could Fail

Reasons Why Your IT Projects Could Fail

The process of implementing new technology for your business can be a grueling, irritating, and confusing process. This is especially the case when you implement a new technology solution only to find that it was absolutely not worth the effort. Listed below are some of the reasons why your IT project deployment might not go according to plan, as well as how you can make sure this does not happen for your business.

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Signs that Your IT Training is Inadequate

Signs that Your IT Training is Inadequate

While the right IT solutions can be a significant advantage to your business and its processes, this will only be the case if your team members are trained to use them properly. Listed below are some of the training that you need to prioritize in order to ensure your team is ready to utilize your technology the way it should be utilized.

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Explaining the Konami Code

Explaining the Konami Code

If you’re familiar with the combination
Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A-Select-Start, you probably grew up in the 80s. This is because this combination of buttons is the infamous Konami Code, a cheat code that video games (and others, including some websites and software) have continued to reference since it first appeared in 1986.

Listed below the Konami Code’s origins, as well as the various ways it has been used since.

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3 Technology Decisions Your Business Should Not Make

3 Technology Decisions Your Business Should Not Make

Your business’ technology is the best tool for its success… or it can be, at least. In order for you to see the type of value from your technology that you’d expect of it, you need to approach it by making good decisions. Listed below are a few ways bad decisions to make in this regard; hopefully this will help your business avoid undesirable situations.

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How Businesses Have Survived During the Pandemic

How Businesses Have Survived During the Pandemic

With productivity being a massively critical metric for every business, situations like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic create a lot of fear and uncertainty, especially with businesses having to find new ways to go about doing things so that they can keep revenue coming in. Below is a look into how businesses have made it this far and how each element of a business has had to react to the ongoing crisis. 

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Ransomware is Still a Massive Threat to Your Business

Ransomware is Still a Massive Threat to Your Business

Ransomware is such a colossal threat that all businesses should be aware of the latest news and findings regarding how it spreads and how it can be prevented. According to a recent report, the latest modes of transporting ransomware have been revealed. What can your business do to keep ransomware off of its network? Let’s find out.

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