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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.

Reviewing Ransomware in 2022

Reviewing Ransomware in 2022

Ransomware has been commonplace for years, and there's no sign of it going anywhere anytime soon. Listed below is an examination the state of ransomware right now, and tips on how to keep it from impacting your businesses.

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Tips to Minimize the Risk of Overworking

Tips to Minimize the Risk of Overworking

Remote work has become a significant part of today's business operations for many companies, but there is also a difficulty that frequently comes into play with remote work: the phenomenon of overwork. Listed below are some tips to help reduce the risk of overwork as people continue remote work.

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Cloud Computing vs. Onsite Computing

Cloud Computing vs. Onsite Computing

Cloud computing has been a hot topic in IT circles for years; first because of the skepticism that many IT professionals had for the practice, and now that it is a mainstream business technology, ways to enhance security to protect the organization who has embraced this computing strategy. While cloud computing is convenient, flexible, and seemingly affordable, there are instances where having physical machines makes more sense for a business. 

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Three Common Computer Problems

Three Common Computer Problems

There are times when you have computer issues and you might hesitate to call in the big guns to resolve the problems. Alas, the reality is that many businesses are under the impression that calling experts to handle their computer problems will leave them in a difficult position financially. Macro Systems is here to make sure that doesn’t happen! Listed below are three common computer repair problems that you may be able to solve in a simple and easy way.

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A Closer Look at Desktop-as-a-Service

A Closer Look at Desktop-as-a-Service

When it comes to your desktop infrastructure, your organization has several different options available to it, one of which is Desktop-as-a-Service. How does this option compare to having a traditional workstation, and why might a small business get value out of Desktop-as-a-Service? Listed below a closer look at what DaaS involves.

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The Ongoing Battle Between Working Remotely and Returning to the Office

The Ongoing Battle Between Working Remotely and Returning to the Office

Since employees started returning to the office after getting a taste of remote work, there has been an ongoing war between employers wishing a return to normalcy and the employees who prefer to get their work done from the comforts of their own home. A new survey indicates that half of employees would rather quit than deal with an employer who mandates a return to the office environment.

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Explaining Encryption

Explaining Encryption

Keeping your data protected is a colossal concern these days, with more and more safeguards needed to prevent it from being exfiltrated. Encryption is a great way to keep your data from being any good to those who might steal it. Listed below is an explanation about what encryption is, and how it works in practice.

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New Year's Resolutions to Make Regarding Your Organization's Technology

New Year's Resolutions to Make Regarding Your Organization's Technology

The new year has begun, and many of us have undertaken the traditional resolutions as a means to improve ourselves by kicking bad habits and adopting good ones. Why shouldn’t your business join in the fun? Listed below are a few resolutions that could benefit your business if your team were to adopt them.

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Will Organizations Still Have Separate Departments Going Forward?

Will Organizations Still Have Separate Departments Going Forward?

HR. Sales. Customer Service. IT. Accounting. Management. These different business departments have been categorized and compartmentalized for decades, cooperating but mostly operating independently of one another. Will this remain to be the case, with so many people now working remotely and communicating with their teammates as needed? 

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A Managed Service Provider Can Enhance How You Utilize Technology

A Managed Service Provider Can Enhance How You Utilize Technology

When it comes to your business’ IT resources, who’s the boss? Do you have a CIO, or chief information officer, managing your IT decision-making, and do you have someone responsible for managing and maintaining your systems? If you don’t know the answer to either of these questions, then we need to have a conversation about your relationship with technology management.

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The Critical Parts of a Comprehensive Communications Infrastructure for Your Business

The Critical Parts of a Comprehensive Communications Infrastructure for Your Business

Communications are an integral part of your organization's operations, but they can often fall to the wayside due to pressing matters. This is especially concerning, considering the remote nature of much work these days. Listed below are some of the most imperative parts of a comprehensive communications infrastructure for your business.

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Three Important Organizational Cybersecurity Issues Going into 2022

Three Important Organizational Cybersecurity Issues Going into 2022

If there is one shared priority most businesses need to have it’s a strategy on how they are going to go about securing their network, infrastructure, and data from the numerous threats they face. Listed below is a look at three of the most imperative issues surrounding organizational cybersecurity as we head into the new year.

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Managed IT Services can Reduce the Need for Computer Repair

Managed IT Services can Reduce the Need for Computer Repair

How often do you find yourself in this situation: You're typing on your computer pushing through your day-to-day tasks, and communicating with your employees when suddenly, your computer freezes up, which forces you to perform a hard reset just to get your computer responsive again. Sound familiar? 

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Practices to Protect Yourself and Network While Using Smart Devices

Practices to Protect Yourself and Network While Using Smart Devices

Smart devices and Internet-of-Things devices in general have taken the world by storm, and a home without at least a handful of smart devices is quite rare to find these days. On the other hand, smart devices (devices that connect to the Internet to perform various functions) must be approached with a certain level of caution.

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4 Strategies for Improving Your Productivity

4 Strategies for Improving Your Productivity

As a business owner, you have a lot on your plate. Thus, enhancing your productivity and streamlining how you spend your time while in the office is of paramount importance. With a simple four-step process, you can make your daily tasks so much easier to manage and, by extension, your business as a whole. Listed below are four tips that you can apply to your daily routine to improve your productivity during the workday.

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How Our Team Protects Christmas from Krampus

How Our Team Protects Christmas from Krampus

The holiday season has a variety of famous key players, including Santa, Rudolph, and the rest of the North Pole crew. Each year, they use their magic to help spread goodwill and joy to all the nice children of the world… but did you know that they are also responsible for protecting those who make the naughty list from Santa’s villainous counterpart, Krampus?

As the official managed service provider for Santa’s operation, we have been cleared to share the story about how we’ve helped defy Krampus to save Christmas.

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How Managed IT Services Benefits Your Business

How Managed IT Services Benefits Your Business

When you walk into most new businesses you’d be hard-pressed to think that IT has only been utilized in business for a few decades. Most modern businesses use a variety of workstations to handle scheduling, inventory, procurement, payroll, and a list of other business functions. With that in mind, it stands to reason that keeping that IT working is the only way to efficiently run your business. Listed below is a look at how to keep your IT support costs low while keeping your technology managed properly. 

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What to Do When Your Data is Breached

What to Do When Your Data is Breached

Data breaches are an unfortunate modern reality, even during the holiday season. While it is critical to do everything you can to prevent these kinds of disasters, you need to be prepared to deal with it, both in terms of your operations, and in terms of communicating with your clientele.

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What You Need to Know About Log4j, the Most Dangerous Vulnerability in Recent History

What You Need to Know About Log4j, the Most Dangerous Vulnerability in Recent History

A vulnerability was recently discovered that is effectively guaranteed to impact all computer users, from private users to businesses. While this situation will take some time to resolve fully, we want to make sure you know everything that needs to be done to protect yourself from Log4j.

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Hardware Challenges and Questions Your Business Could Encounter

Hardware Challenges and Questions Your Business Could Encounter

There will come a time when your organization will need to acquire hardware like monitors, server units, workstations, networking components, and other technology. It is your responsibility as a business owner to make educated decisions about how you go about upgrading your gear, but it’s not always immediately clear what the correct path forward is.

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