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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 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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How to Enhance Productivity via Google Chrome

How to Enhance Productivity via Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a very popular browser. For example, in June of this year, about 65 percent of the overall browser market share was attributed to Chrome. Because so many people use Chrome, we put together a few tips that can help make Chrome even more productive for the user.

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Strategies to Catch Potential Hacks

Strategies to Catch Potential Hacks

“Hackers are a serious threat to modern businesses” isn’t exactly a novel statement, is it? On the other hand, if a hacker was lurking on your network, would you know the signs to help you catch them? Just in case, we wanted to share a few strategies that can help highlight these warnings so you can more effectively catch any threats present on your network, especially when your workforce is accessing it remotely.

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What Your Business Should Know About the Collaboration Platform Discord

What Your Business Should Know About the Collaboration Platform Discord

While it isn’t officially a business solution, the collaboration platform Discord has seen some popularity as a means of facilitating a business’ internal communications. Listed below are some tips to enhance your use of the platform, in case you are part of a company that does so. 

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How to Prevent Your Emails from Being Caught in Spam Filters

How to Prevent Your Emails from Being Caught in Spam Filters

While spam filtering can be a great tool for your business’ own defenses, the spam filtering that your contacts have in place could prevent your messages from reaching them. Listed below are a few ways that you can help prevent your emails from being caught up in these filters before your contacts or prospects can read them.

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11 Ways to Ensure Your Team is on Their Guard Against Cyberattacks

11 Ways to Ensure Your Team is on Their Guard Against Cyberattacks

Unfortunately, there is no single tool that allows you to avoid any and all cybersecurity issues for your business. On the other hand, there is one way to help make most threats far less likely to be successful: building up your organization's internal security awareness amongst your employees and team members. Listed below are eleven ways that you can help ensure your business is properly protected, simply by encouraging your employees to take a more active role in guarding it.

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How the Most Popular Browsers Integrate Password Management

How the Most Popular Browsers Integrate Password Management

Most accounts these days require a password and, as such, the average user has countless of these codes that need to be kept secure. Some web browsers have built-in password management tools to help make them more user-friendly, but with so much convenience involved, one has to ask whether or not these built-in management tools are as secure as they should be.

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Is Your Backup Trustworthy Enough?

Is Your Backup Trustworthy Enough?

Because of the protection it can offer your business, data backup is a necessary tool for you to have; that is, provided it has the requisite security and reliability you’ll need should you ever have to lean on it. Listed below are a few guidelines to help you be sure that your backup is trustworthy enough to stake your organization's future on.

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How to be Sure No One is Watching You Via Your Web Cam

How to be Sure No One is Watching You Via Your Web Cam

With many computers and especially laptops featuring integrated webcams at this point, it's easy to imagine how disastrous it would be to be spied on through it. Listed below are a few ways to be sure that your webcam isn’t being used without your consent by someone else.

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Document Sharing in Google Drive

Document Sharing in Google Drive

Collaboration is something that no modern business can do without, which is why so many modern applications feature it so heavily. Below is a look at Google Drive and one of its collaborative capabilities that so many businesses are now utilizing: Document Sharing. 

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How to Keep Your Computer Clean

How to Keep Your Computer Clean

If you are like many others, your desktop computer just sits there, day after day, allowing you to run your business. Alas, like any other machine, it will fail. One way to prolong the lifespan of your computer is to keep it clean. Listed below are some pointers on how to do so. 

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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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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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How to Simplify Your Chrome Browser Tabs Management

How to Simplify Your Chrome Browser Tabs Management

Google Chrome is by far from the most utilized Internet browser on both PC and mobile platforms, so it only makes sense to make using the Chrome browser as convenient as possible. Listed below is a tip to help you simplify your Chrome browser tabs management.

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Options for Turning Off Windows

Options for Turning Off Windows

While your attention is probably more dedicated to how you use your computer while it’s on, it is just as critical to consider the different ways that you can turn your computer off, in a manner of speaking. The varied options present in the Start menu will each have their own effect, so it is imperative to be aware of what these differences are. Listed below is review what each option does so that you’ll be able to use them more appropriately.

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How to Utilize Gmail's Confidential Mode

How to Utilize Gmail's Confidential Mode

Gmail has been as secure as most other email platforms, but email is email and there are times when you send an email that isn’t opened promptly and you’d rather not have the information in that message get sent around or archived where you can’t control it. Gmail has now added a feature that allows users to send messages that will delete themselves in a predetermined time frame, and work to keep the contents of those messages from being shared. 

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Gmail's Confidential Mode

Gmail's Confidential Mode

Gmail is as secure as any comparable email platform, but there may be some messages you send that you’d rather not have lingering in someone’s inbox. On the other hand, did you know that Gmail allows you to send messages that delete themselves after a set timeframe, while also preventing the contents from being forwarded, downloaded, copied, or printed?

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Obscure but Helpful Google Play Features

Obscure but Helpful Google Play Features

Android device users depend on the Google Play Store to source applications, but many may not be aware of the controls and features that the Play Store provides. Listed below are some of these features that could be useful.

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Simple IT Best Practices for Your Business

Simple IT Best Practices for Your Business

Most modern businesses rely heavily on information technology to operate, so we thought it would be valuable to share some very simple IT best practices to help assist your operations by keeping your resources productive and secured.

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2021 Business Technology Resolutions

2021 Business Technology Resolutions

2021 is nearly here, and if your business isn’t utilizing technology to its fullest capability, you’re missing out on some significant opportunities. Listed below are a few winning strategies that you should adopt in the coming year.

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