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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.

It’s Important to Meet Compliance Regulations

It’s Important to Meet Compliance Regulations

Most organizations have compliance regulations they need to meet. 2021 is becoming somewhat of a tipping point for some. Businesses are dealing with the development of new data privacy laws that will surely add some responsibilities on top of already established regulations. Below is a look at compliance and why it is critical to stay on top of it. 

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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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Facebook’s Colossal Data Leak

Facebook’s Colossal Data Leak

Facebook is many people’s favorite, or at least most used, app and it does offer value by letting them keep tabs on friends and family or grow their businesses. It has grown to be one of the largest, most successful software technology companies in the world. Alas, with that type of exposure comes the responsibility of securing massive amounts of personal data. In this quest, they leave a lot to be decided. Listed below is a look at the situation Facebook is in as they are dealing with one of the largest data leaks in history.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Biometric Security

Advantages and Disadvantages of Biometric Security

A lot has been made about biometric authentication over the past decade, so much so that it has been loosely integrated into a lot of the access control mechanisms on most of today's mobile devices. Fingerprint scanners, retina scanners, and facial recognition are all part of the transition to biometrics to upgrade security and privacy. However, for today's businesses, implementing biometrics can have some major disadvantages. Listed below are the pros and cons of biometric authentication.

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Your Organization's Success Comes Down to Your Team

Your Organization's Success Comes Down to Your Team

We’re finally getting close to the end of 2020. Has it been a long year for you? Has it gone by fast, or brutally slow?

Either way, it’s time to look at 2021. A fresh start, a clean slate. One thing all business owners and C-levels need to take into consideration for 2021 - their people.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Amplifying Cyberthreats

COVID-19 Pandemic Amplifying Cyberthreats

Keeping your network and infrastructure safe from cyberthreats is always a priority, but with so many people working remotely, businesses have encountered problems doing so. In fact, hackers and scammers have come out of the woodwork to try and gain entry into unauthorized networks or to steal data. Below is a look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the threats out there. 

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Security Best Practices to Utilize for Your Business

Security Best Practices to Utilize for Your Business

Security is a major part of any business, and if there isn’t a diligent approach to the implementation of it, you can be left with huge holes in your network. Below we highlight some of the best practices you can take to make sure that your organization’s security is in the best possible position to protect your digital resources. 

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Is Your Smart Assistant Threatening Your Privacy?

Is Your Smart Assistant Threatening Your Privacy?

Smart assistants usually appear in the office and home, so much so that the novelty seems to have finally worn off and they are now just another appliance. Like any other appliance, there are a few quirks that can be frustrating to deal with. For example, anyone living around these devices has shared a particular experience: the device registering something as a wake word that certainly wasn’t meant to be the wake word.

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Considering What Would Happen if All Data Became Exposed

Considering What Would Happen if All Data Became Exposed

What if all our personal data in existence was exposed? If every text message sent, every Internet search executed, every website viewed, everything we had ever done online, was made public? Gizmodo recently reached out to some experts for their insights. Listed below are their responses for you to consideration.

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Do Your Employees Have Access to Company Data Without Putting It At Risk?

Do Your Employees Have Access to Company Data Without Putting It At Risk?

If someone asked your right where all of your company data is, could you answer them with absolute confidence? 

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Tips to Better Secure Personal Information

Tips to Better Secure Personal Information

Personal information is very, very valuable, especially in this increasingly digital modern day and age. This makes it incredibly imperative that you are doing everything you can to protect it in your business, whether it is your own or belongs to somebody else. Listed below are a few tips to help you better protect the data you’re responsible for.

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How an Access Management Policy Can Help Your Business

How an Access Management Policy Can Help Your Business

As you manage your business, there is a lot that you’re going to have to oversee - including how much access your employees have to the data you have gathered and generated throughout your operations. An access management policy can help you to accomplish this. Listed below is a review of a critical features you need to include in your strategy.

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How to Control What Google Knows About You

How to Control What Google Knows About You

Almost everyone utilizes Google in some way or another; the search engine is, by far, the most common way people get answers and find content online. Google currently handles about 90% of search queries, while the second and third place goes to Yahoo and Bing, who share just below 5% of the search market share.

Google curates the search results on the fly based on a lot of variables including where you are located, what type of device you are on, and your online surfing habits. This means Google is gathering a lot of information about how we use the web to give us a better experience. Below is a look at how you can control what Google knows about you to better protect your privacy.

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What You Need to Know about Two-Factor Authentication

What You Need to Know about Two-Factor Authentication

There are hackers out there whose sole purpose is to infiltrate businesses and pilfer data, money, and the trust people have in their technology. One method to help keep your things secure is by relying on two-factor authentication. Let's take a closer look at 2FA below.

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All You Need To Know About Facebook’s Privacy Settings

All You Need To Know About Facebook’s Privacy Settings

There's a reason we’ve been discussing Facebook quite a bit on our blog: we’re all concerned with our privacy, and Facebook has been notoriously front-and-center when it comes to Internet privacy. In this post we will break down Facebook’s privacy settings to help you gain control over your personal identity while using the social network.

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Cybercrime is Becoming More 'Accessible' Everyday

Cybercrime is Becoming More 'Accessible' Everyday

There’s a reason that cybercrime is so common these days: it is no longer reserved for those with substantial programming knowledge to profit from. Now, according to a report by Deloitte entitled Black Market Ecosystem: Estimating the Cost of “Pwnership”, there is a complete economy built around easily accessible hacking tools that don’t require specialized knowledge to be utilized. 

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The Advantages of Utilizing Email Encryption

The Advantages of Utilizing Email Encryption

The importance of encryption in today’s business environment cannot be stressed enough, especially if you are trying to protect your email communications. The definition of encryption as well as the advantages of utilizing it for your business’ communications solutions is listed below. 

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The Growth of the Internet of Things Continues

The Growth of the Internet of Things Continues

The Internet of Things (IoT) is now consists of over 15 billion devices. 15 billion! That number includes both consumer devices in a home environment as well as business devices that are usually used in an office setting. You cannot risk ignoring this situation, whether it’s from a security standpoint or one of practicality. Discussed below are the many ways that IoT is shaping business practices in our era.

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Internet of Things Resulting in Multiple Issues

Internet of Things Resulting in Multiple Issues

The Internet of Things (IoT) can be described simply as 'devices that have connectivity to the Internet, and thus to a computing network'. Most of the time these connected devices aren’t produced with security solutions onboard, so they can be fickle instruments when trying to onerously secure a network that includes numerous IoT devices. Listed below are some of the threats IoT devices pose to your network, and how to reliably secure it from these threats.

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Would This Cyber Scam Fool You?

Would This Cyber Scam Fool You?

The average Internet scammer isn’t above utilizing dirty tricks to claim their ill-gotten prizes from their victims. A recent scam shows just how dirty these tricks can be. Unfortunately, it also demonstrates how ill-prepared many people are to handle them.

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