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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 Retrieve Dismissed Android Notifications

How to Retrieve Dismissed Android Notifications

We’ve all accidentally swiped away a critical notification on our mobile devices, but not all of us know that Android devices give us the opportunity to go back and check them. For this week’s tip, let's to go over the process of how you can retrieve these notifications.

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Modern Businesses Rely Heavily on IT

Modern Businesses Rely Heavily on IT

Is there anything in your office that doesn’t require technology in some way, shape, or form (the old coffeepot that makes the perfect cup doesn’t count)? Increasingly, the answer to that question is “no.” Let’s review how much the modern average business relies on IT to really reinforce how ubiquitous technology has become.

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What Your Business Needs to Know About Social Engineering

What Your Business Needs to Know About Social Engineering

Let me ask you a few questions: how confident are you that you could spot an online ruse, and did you know there’s a stain on your shirt right now?

Did you look?

If so, you’ve just fallen for the school playground version of social engineering, a serious threat. Let’s discuss the kind that you’re more likely to see in terms of your business’ cybersecurity.

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The Most Common Cybersecurity Threats

The Most Common Cybersecurity Threats

As a business professional, it’s your responsibility to protect your organization's digital assets from cybercrime, but the path forward is not always so easy or clear-cut. Without a thorough knowledge and expertise of IT security at your disposal, it can be challenging to protect your infrastructure as adequately as it needs to be. Listed below are some of the common problems that involve cybersecurity, as well as how you can address them.

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How to Make Your Office a Healthier Environment

How to Make Your Office a Healthier Environment

The past few years have made many people understandably nervous about their health and spending extended amounts of time around other people—which can make coming into the office a very, very stressful experience for some. How can you make your office a healthier place so your team can feel a little more protected as they work?

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What Your Business Requires to Keep it Secure

What Your Business Requires to Keep it Secure

Your business is your livelihood, so it only makes sense to invest in its protections so that your livelihood is secure. This will require a strategic approach. Listed below is what your business needs to remain sufficiently secure, and what you should look for from each to get the best, most secure option. 

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The Latest Malware Can Spend Your Cash

The Latest Malware Can Spend Your Cash

“I didn’t buy that!”

That’s what many smartphone users have been saying lately as a prevalent strain of malware has been infecting Android devices. The malware is called “toll fraud malware” and it’s been signing users up to services they didn't buy.

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Complete This One Task Right Now to Mitigate the Stress of a Cybersecurity Incident

Complete This One Task Right Now to Mitigate the Stress of a Cybersecurity Incident

Your organization is likely vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks. There are a lot of things you should be doing to protect your business, but this one task is something you can do right now to save your business a lot of stress if something were to take down your network and cause a major disruption.

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Single Sign-On can Enhance Security

Single Sign-On can Enhance Security

Have you ever wondered how some platforms will only have you log in once for all of your numerous needs, even though they might be different applications, websites, or services? This is basically what single sign-on is, and it’s common in the modern technology world. What is single sign-on exactly, and what kind of security does it actually provide for companies that utilize it?

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How to Deactivate the Windows' Sticky Keys Feature

How to Deactivate the Windows' Sticky Keys Feature

Sticky Keys, the Windows accessibility feature that keeps modifier keys like Shift and Ctrl active after you’ve pressed them, have a legitimate and necessary purpose for some. On the other hand, those who don’t need Sticky Keys can find them immensely annoying. How to deactivate sticky keys if you don’t need them is listed below.

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Is there a Spot for Tablets in the Office Environment?

Is there a Spot for Tablets in the Office Environment?

Remember about 10 years ago when all of the tech experts were predicting that most work would be done on a touch-screen device, prompting many professionals to purchase the latest and greatest tablets? Although tablet sales have not kept up over the years, they are still perfectly usable for personal purposes—maybe just not in the workplace. Still, we have to ask, is there a place for tablets in the office environment?

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Cloud Options that Can Improve Any Business

Cloud Options that Can Improve Any Business

With cloud computing working wonders for small and medium-sized businesses of all kinds, you may gain confidence in finding hosted platforms that can help your business. Make no mistake about it, the cloud can work for your organization in one way or another. Listed below are tips on how cloud options can help you enhance your business’ computing.  

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Virtual Workstations Can Help Your Business

Virtual Workstations Can Help Your Business

When you virtualize a software solution, you are basically storing it in an online environment where it can live. In other words, it remains in the cloud and is accessed via the Internet. This approach is helpful for many businesses, so why not flip this concept on its head and give hardware virtualization a shot? You might find that virtual workstations, for example, offer many benefits that can help your business be more productive and efficient.

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Cloud Migration Tips

Cloud Migration Tips

The cloud is a good business tool and resource, enabling businesses to offset a lot of their IT workload onto these providers. If you haven’t migrated some or all of your organization's technology to take advantage of the cloud, it is certainly something to consider.

If you’re already considering it, listed below are a few tips to help make the process more effective for you.

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Cloudflare Halts Biggest DDoS Attack on Record

Cloudflare Halts Biggest DDoS Attack on Record

Cloudflare has stopped the plans of yet another major hacking attack, a record-breaking DDoS attack of the likes we have never before seen. Listed below are details regarding what goes into such an attack and what you can do to keep your business safe from their influence.

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Pros and Cons of Adding New Infrastructure

Pros and Cons of Adding New Infrastructure

The server is the heart and brain of a business’ computing infrastructure, so much so that a failure can cause catastrophic effects on your business. If you are at a point where you are thinking about adding a server to your infrastructure, or replacing one that is a little long in the tooth, you now have less of a dilemma than you may have had previously. This doesn’t mean that it is not a serious decision, but today you have options on how you want to go about deploying your new server. This month, we thought we would go over some of the pros and cons that come with adding new infrastructure and whether purchasing a new server outright is the right decision for your business.

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Creating a Risk Management Process for Your Buisness

Creating a Risk Management Process for Your Buisness

Macro System has been known to take a bit of an extreme approach to cybersecurity—your business is at constant threat of being attacked by all manners of threats and all that. While we stand by this approach as an effective way to enhance awareness and adherence to cybersecurity needs, there are certain attacks that are more likely to target you. This is where risk management comes into play.

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Some of the Most Used Applications Found in Productivity Suites

Some of the Most Used Applications Found in Productivity Suites

What kind of productivity suite does your organization use for its day-to-day operations? It doesn’t really matter which industry you classify yourself as or what size your business is; a productivity suite will undoubtedly transform the way your company operates. Listed below is a look at some of the most common applications found in productivity suites and how they can be powerful catalysts to get work done faster and more efficiently.

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Unifying Your Communication Platforms Can Help Your Business

Unifying Your Communication Platforms Can Help Your Business

For a business, communications take several forms: the telephone, instant messaging, email, and other collaboration mediums. On top of that, most businesses have some way to communicate with customers outside of the main options. That’s a lot of communication tools to manage and keep working effectively. This month we thought we would talk a little bit about the benefits of unifying your communications platforms for added benefit.

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A Network Bottleneck Can Impact Your Business

A Network Bottleneck Can Impact Your Business

Have you ever wondered why it takes longer than you expect for certain tasks to be accomplished with your business’ network? It turns out that technology is far from a simple thing, and small problems can seriously derail productivity and efficiency of complex information systems, one of which is the notorious network bottleneck. How can you identify and rectify this issue for your network?

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