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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 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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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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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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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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Training Your Team in Cybersecurity Practices is Imperative

Training Your Team in Cybersecurity Practices is Imperative

Cybersecurity is one of those components to an IT strategy that is absolutely imperative; you cannot ignore it in the modern age of ransomware and other high-profile hacks. In order to make sure that you are prepared to handle anything that comes your way, you must periodically test your security practices and assess how well your team can prepare for attacks. The question remains as to how often you should do this.

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4 Dated Office Conventions that Should be Replaced

4 Dated Office Conventions that Should be Replaced

The office environment has evolved a lot over the years with technology being the impetus for such change. In your years doing business, how much has changed? How much of that change was driven by technology? Many of the traditional conventions of conducting business have been changed for the better as a result of these technological developments; listed below are just a few of them.

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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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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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Steps to take if Your Organization is Hacked

Steps to take if Your Organization is Hacked

Few things are more horrifying for a modern business to consider than the idea that they will be hacked, regardless of that their size or industry. After all, hacking can, will, and does cause significant damage across basically all aspects of your organization. This is precisely why it is so imperative that, should a business be hacked, the proper steps are taken in response.

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A Look at Productivity during the Pandemic

A Look at Productivity during the Pandemic

Some people may say that operational efficiency and productivity are only measures of how well managers are able to manage. Make no mistake about it, productivity is critical to workers, too. When COVID-19 spurred lawmakers to create stay-at-home orders in March of 2020, the fear was that productivity would decrease so much that it would destroy society. This clearly didn’t happen, but there has been some ebb and flow of the productivity metrics since the beginning of the pandemic. Below is a look at productivity during COVID-19.

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Three Best IT Practices for Any Sized Business

Three Best IT Practices for Any Sized Business

Seeing as technology is a critical component of most modern business processes, it is basically guaranteed that it will benefit your operations to abide by a few particular best practices. These practices are reviewed below so you can move forward and utilize your technology to its highest capabilities.

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Three Important Technology "Holidays" in March

Three Important Technology "Holidays" in March

Sometime recently, novelty holidays have popped up for almost anything, many of which just aim to celebrate the things about our lives that make life worth living. Take any random day, like May 12. There are a half-dozen “holidays” that day: National Limerick Day, National Odometer Day, National Nutty Fudge Day, National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, National Receptionists’ Day, and National Third Shift Workers Day. So, May 12 runs the gamut of human existence. 

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IT Dangers that Originate From Inside Your Business

IT Dangers that Originate From Inside Your Business

With all the threats covered in mass media these days it can be too simple to get the mistaken impression that the biggest threats to your business are all external. We’re telling you right now that plenty of vulnerabilities first come from inside your business, both creating significant threats independently and simplifying the job for external dangers as well. Listed below are a few of the dangers that could originate from inside your business itself.

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Testing Your Backup is Critical

Testing Your Backup is Critical

If there is one thing that you could take away from our blog it is that data backup is a critical part of any business continuity strategy. Alas, there are so many different parts to it that it’s not surprising some data could slip through the cracks if not maintained properly. If you’re not actively taking measures to keep disasters from derailing your business’ progress, you stand to lose more than some data. Below is a look at some of the imperative parts of a data backup and disaster recovery process and why it is essential to give them a test regularly. 

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Is Your Team Prepared for Inevitable Phishing Attacks?

Is Your Team Prepared for Inevitable Phishing Attacks?

While it initially sounds promising to hear that the number of data breaches seen last year went down significantly, it is critical to understand that the number of data records leaked as a result more than doubled. One clear cause was the resurgence in the use of the underhanded malware variety known as ransomware. With this suggesting an increased threat of ransomware incoming, can you confidently say that your business’ team is ready to deal with it?

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Best Practices to Prevent You From Losing Technology

Best Practices to Prevent You From Losing Technology

People working remotely has been on the rise even before the COVID-19 pandemic made it the safest way for a business to operate. Of course, this makes organization a particularly important thing to consider, especially as public areas reopen as workspace options.

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