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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.

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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Your Internet Connection Is a Critical Tool

Your Internet Connection Is a Critical Tool

The Internet is an important tool in your business’ toolbox, so it needs to be fast, reliable, and stable. What types of factors go into ensuring that you get the best, most reliable Internet connection? Keep reading to find out!

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Tips to Secure Your Network

Tips to Secure Your Network

There are many, many different versions of cybercrime that businesses need to be vigilant about. That being said, most of them can mostly be avoided through a few basic practices and behaviors. Listed below are a few tips to help you prevent attacks from successfully influencing your business, so make sure you share them with your entire team, as well.

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Create Secure Accounts with These Strong Password Tips

Create Secure Accounts with These Strong Password Tips

Keeping a secure password is a little confusing these days, especially when the standards for what is an acceptable, complex password seem to keep shifting back and forth. Let’s take a look at some of the industry-standard best practices for passwords and how you can implement them for your business.

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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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Fake Ransomware Threats are Surfacing

Fake Ransomware Threats are Surfacing

It's very simple: Ransomware is very bad. The first half of 2021 saw a massive increase in ransomware attacks that made the lives of countless individuals and business professionals difficult. On the other hand, a new trend is surfacing, and it’s one that you might be surprised to see: fake ransomware threats.

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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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Steps to Identifying and Responding to Phishing Emails

Steps to Identifying and Responding to Phishing Emails

Phishing is one of those threats that has been around for a while, and as time passes by, only become more difficult to identify. Some businesses can’t tell the difference between phishing scams and actual emails. Listed below are steps your organization can take toward properly identifying and responding to phishing emails.

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Headphone Cleaning Tips

Headphone Cleaning Tips

A lot of people spend the modern workday with headphones on or earbuds in, listening to music as they work or communicating via a headset; it's inevitable that these devices will get dirty. Listed below are tips on how these devices can be safely cleaned to get rid of the grime that nobody wants to be wearing on their head.

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What to Contemplate When Implementing Cloud Tools

What to Contemplate When Implementing Cloud Tools

Cloud computing has been a godsend for many businesses by offering the flexibility and scalability they need to grow and enhance their offerings. Cloud computing, naturally, also provides some capital cost reduction. There is no question that the cloud brings plenty of benefits to companies small or large, they now have the ability to pay per month for the computing resources they were making hefty capital investments for not too long ago; and, by-in-large, these investments pay off. 

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How to Reduce Employee Burnout

How to Reduce Employee Burnout

Workplace burnout is a serious problem that can have far-reaching effects in your business. Thus, it is imperative that you can identify when one of your team members is starting to feel it, and know what you can do to help reduce it. Listed below are factors that can lead to burnout, as well as a few ways to remediate it.

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Explaining Centralized Authority and How it Relates to Your Business

Explaining Centralized Authority and How it Relates to Your Business

The cloud is without a doubt an invaluable business tool, so long as you maintain control over your business’ usage of it. This centralized authority over your cloud’s access controls is vital to its successful utilization. Listed below is a discussion on what this means, and the ways that this can be established.

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How to Optimize the Privacy Settings in Your Browser

How to Optimize the Privacy Settings in Your Browser

The Internet browser is certainly one of the most-utilized applications in this day of cloud-hosted resources and online content… but for all that use, is it also one of the most-secured applications? In some ways, yes… but there’s always a few extra steps that can help you enhance your protections.

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Essential Best Practices for Your Business

Essential Best Practices for Your Business

Whenever your technology is involved in your business processes, it is imperative that you abide by best practices to see the most effective results. Listed below are the most effective practices that you should reinforce in your operations.

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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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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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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 to Enhance Organizational Productivity

How to Enhance Organizational Productivity

Every business is constantly looking for a way to enhance productivity, but it’s not always easy to find strategies that lead to higher yields and more profitability. Even the most sound strategy may take time to get going, and sometimes what seems to be a well-laid plan doesn’t come together. This month, we thought we would provide four tips on how to boost organizational productivity without many headaches. 

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Why Proper Disposal of Connected Devices is Critical

Why Proper Disposal of Connected Devices is Critical

It is a well-known and unfortunate fact that technology does not last forever, and in today’s era of upgrades, no time has this been more true than in the modern day. Thus, it makes sense for businesses to have a plan in place for when it does come time to replace older devices. This, naturally, involves the proper disposal of connected devices, a practice that could very easily be done in a way that is both destructive to the environment and devastating for data privacy if done improperly. We’re here to make sure this doesn’t happen.

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What a New Study Reveals about a Reduced Work Week

What a New Study Reveals about a Reduced Work Week

Have you ever wondered what would happen if we reduced the number of hours in the work week or shaved off an hour here or there during the workday? The discussion of a limited or reduced work week is a common topic in productivity circles, but a new study performed by Iceland has created even more buzz with its astounding results.

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