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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.

Comprehending the Connection Between HIPAA and HITRUST

Comprehending the Connection Between HIPAA and HITRUST

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPAA, is a serious concern for all healthcare providers that operate within the United States. Since August 1996, HIPAA has mandated that these healthcare providers comply with various best practices. While HIPAA is relatively familiar to many people for assorted reasons, fewer know about HITRUST (the Health Information Trust Alliance) and how these acronyms ultimately cooperate with one another.

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Internet Accessibility is a Significant Problem for the Disabled

Internet Accessibility is a Significant Problem for the Disabled

Accessibility to the Internet is a hot topic because almost everyone should be afforded Internet access at this point. The fact that some people don’t have access to the Internet places them at an extreme disadvantage. One group that has significant problems with accessibility are disabled people. What can be done about that? 

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Remote Work has a Positive and Negative Impact on the Environment

Remote Work has a Positive and Negative Impact on the Environment

Remote work is often praised for its various benefits; there are certainly plenty of them to account for. On the other hand, it must also be noted that remote work is not perfect. Take the environmental impacts it can have, for example. Listed below are tips about how working from home can prove better for the environment, while also addressing the serious issues it has contributed to, and how we can help minimize some of them.

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An Example of Managed Services Helping a Business In Need

An Example of Managed Services Helping a Business In Need

The holiday season is commonly known as a time off from work to spend with family, but for some, it’s the busiest time of the year. Let’s get to know one such individual for a moment, and what he’s learning can make his job, and his life, much, much easier.

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Online Platforms Aiming for a More Secure Election

Online Platforms Aiming for a More Secure Election

The United States of America is well into its 2020 election season. Social media platforms and other online services are taking notice. Given the misuse of social media and other platforms in past elections, there is little wonder that there is some very real pressure on these platforms to establish policy and security measures to prevent these behaviors this time around.

Listed below is a neutral look at the situation, as well as an explanation about the initiatives that online platforms are now enacting.

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A Closer Look at the COVID-19 Exposure Notification System Mobile Setting

A Closer Look at the COVID-19 Exposure Notification System Mobile Setting

In a rare turn of events, Google and Apple have joined forces with local governments to help slow the ongoing spread of COVID-19. How would you like an app that could notify you if someone you had been in proximity to had tested positive for COVID-19? As helpful as this collaboration could be to mitigate the pandemic, many people are angry about it, and have started spreading misinformation.

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How Major Providers are Helping Their Customers During the Pandemic

How Major Providers are Helping Their Customers During the Pandemic

With COVID-19 resulting in people staying at home, many telecommunications companies have started to make concessions to make life easier for their customers. Whether it is used for entertainment, work, or communication, Internet access is imperative right now, and so ISPs and cell carriers are taking steps to help facilitate this. 

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A Christmas IT Story

A Christmas IT Story

Davis was looking at a business card while sitting at his desk. He watched the snow fall outside his window. He was the last person left in the office, as he usually was this time of year. He put down the business card, got up and walked over to the large pane of glass that was the only insulation from the harsh, cold wintery night. He placed his hand on the window and felt the bitter cold meet the palm of his hand. He stood there for a minute; maybe more than a minute. He began to cry. He was so angry at how things were going.

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Four Helpful Technology Gift Ideas

Four Helpful Technology Gift Ideas

You probably need to purchase some helpful technology for loved ones or co-workers during the holiday. Below is a look at four gadgets that are sure to make even the biggest technophile smile.  

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A List of the Worst Data Breaches Since September

A List of the Worst Data Breaches Since September

Cybersecurity is becoming a colossal problem for every business due to the massive amount of data breaches that take place regularly. Organizations of all kinds are looking at strategies to secure their sensitive customer and employee data from hackers, malware, and any other potential danger. The issue is it’s not always as simple as just implementing cybersecurity software.

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How to Be As Safe As Possible Shopping Online

How to Be As Safe As Possible Shopping Online

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the gift-giving holidays upon us, let's take a look at how we can be as secure as possible while shopping on the Internet.

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Be Wary of Media's Portrayal of Hacking

Be Wary of Media's Portrayal of Hacking

There have been a significant amount of discussions in the media about the effect that movies and television have had on society. More often than not, the media that is produced is a result of the ebbs and flows that occur in society, which ironically makes the whole notion that television and movies affect society a fascinating contradiction. The absurd portrayal of criminality in media is one problem that is massively debated by lawmakers and sociologists.

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3 Gifts for Your IT Team

3 Gifts for Your IT Team

The holiday season has arrived! Why not give the IT professional in your life a few things that they’ve been wishing for all year? Macro Systems has compiled a list of gifts you can give them, some of which will cost you and your business nothing.

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As Technology Evolves, so does Cyberbullying

As Technology Evolves, so does Cyberbullying

As technology has progressed, so have our capabilities of using it. While this has led to significant improvements in how we can live, it has also made it much easier for us to distress and harass others. This is a big, growing problem, so it is critical to know how to take a stand against it, both at home, and in the workplace.

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How Gamification Can Help Your Office

How Gamification Can Help Your Office

The office is a workplace; it probably isn’t a place that is usually associated with fun and games. Neverless, different aspects of games have been shown to provide significant benefits when introduced into the professional environment. Let's explore some ways in which some fun activities could help your organization.

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There is a Valuable IT Security Lesson in Star Wars

There is a Valuable IT Security Lesson in Star Wars

Star Wars is a cultural sensation. For the past 40+ years audiences from all around the globe have become captivated with the story that took place in a galaxy far, far away. However, Star Wars was also a wonderful lesson in modern IT security! Let's examine three situations that happened in Star Wars: A New Hope and, how, if proper IT strategies were implemented, the Empire would have been able to keep its greatest asset protected.

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Will the CLOUD Act Impact Your Privacy?

Will the CLOUD Act Impact Your Privacy?

March 23rd, 2018, was the date when the United States Congress passed another spending bill that could reduce individual privacy protection all over the globe. This bill included a provision called the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (or CLOUD) Act, which makes modifications to the Stored Communications Act of 1986 and supplies unelected American officials a significant amount of power over digital privacy rights.

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When It Comes to Data Breaches, It's Not About 'If', It's About 'When'

When It Comes to Data Breaches, It's Not About 'If', It's About 'When'

As if the initial revelation of Equifax’s 2017 data exposure wasn’t terrible enough, it has now been reported that there are even more victims than we initially believed. While news like this is obviously never positive, it can produce a silver lining if the opportunities that said news presents are taken advantage of.

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Gadgets To Gift To Loved Ones With Particular Interests

Gadgets To Gift To Loved Ones With Particular Interests

Selecting the right gift for someone can be stressful. To eliminate some of that stress for you, here are some gadgets that could be the perfect gift for someone on your holiday list.

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Thanksgiving itself?

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Thanksgiving itself?

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is considered by many to be the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Black Friday is infamous for deals so beneficial that people are willing to wait in line for hours before the stores even open in order to take advantage; however, are these deals really the best compared to Cyber Monday?

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