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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.

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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The Most Common Subject Lines for Phishing Attacks

The Most Common Subject Lines for Phishing Attacks

Even the most cautious employee could fall victim to a well-placed phishing email. What are some factors that contribute to the success of these cyberattacks, and what subject lines in particular should people be cautious about? A recent study takes a look at what goes into a successful phishing attack, and you might be surprised by the results.

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A Look at the Security Needs of Law Firms

A Look at the Security Needs of Law Firms

It can be easy to overlook the importance of technology and its security, especially in industries that are deeply steeped in tradition, regardless of how imperative that security may seem when actually considered. Just consider the modern law firm, where technology, data, and the security of such is paramount.

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A Breakdown NIST’s Definition of Zero Trust

A Breakdown NIST’s Definition of Zero Trust

How many people do you fundamentally trust? In a zero trust network, that number is reduced to zero. The idea of such a network is that everyone, whether they’re operating inside of the network or out, needs to be verified… and as you might imagine, it has proven effective in preventing data breaches. 

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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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Examining the Variables Associated with Promise Voice Authentication

Examining the Variables Associated with Promise Voice Authentication

Authentication has been a significant talking point for the past few years, especially as the value of data has only increased and security has correspondingly increased in importance. As a result, more secure and reliable means of identity verification have also become more important. Now, voice authentication is being considered as such a means.

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Examining the 2 Types of VPN

Examining the 2 Types of VPN

Virtual private networking, while maybe not the most recognizable term to everyone, at least seems to be pretty straightforward. Such a specific-sounding term must apply to one aspect of technology and that one aspect alone, right?

In actuality, there are two kinds of VPN. Listed below are what makes them different, and which your business should utilize.

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A New Type of Malware: FoggyWeb

A New Type of Malware: FoggyWeb

The cyberattack on SolarWinds was devastating for many reasons, and Microsoft has officially uncovered yet another kind of malware used in the attack on the software provider: a backdoor threat they have named FoggyWeb. What does this threat do and why is it so imperative to look at this incident even now?

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Why Your Business Should Consider a Private Cloud Solution

Why Your Business Should Consider a Private Cloud Solution

The cloud is a great opportunity for businesses to enhance accessibility of data and increase productivity, especially while remote, but for those who do not know how to approach it, the cloud can be intimidating. Listed below is the case for a private cloud solution and why you should consider it as a viable option for your business, even if it does not seem like it at the moment. 

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How to Emulate Enterprise Networks

How to Emulate Enterprise Networks

The significant difference between an enterprise and a small or medium-sized business is just its size. As a result, many of the tools that the enterprise takes advantage of can easily be used by their smaller counterparts. Listed below are a few of these processes and technologies.

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What a VPN Can and Cannot Do for your Company

What a VPN Can and Cannot Do for your Company

A virtual private network, also known as a VPN, is an imperative part of keeping your business safe while operations are taking place out of the office, but a discussion needs to be had about what a VPN can do and cannot do. This is especially critical to know for keeping your organization safe. 

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Introducing Windows Hello

Introducing Windows Hello

As time has passed, more focus has been put on balancing a user’s identity authentication in terms of its convenience versus its security. This has led to the development of solutions like Windows Hello, the biometrics-based system that Microsoft has introduced into the Windows operating system.

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Self-Healing Software Could Be Coming Sooner Than Later

Self-Healing Software Could Be Coming Sooner Than Later

Cybersecurity is a massively critical consideration for modern businesses, and as a result, managing it is often given a considerable amount of time. However, recent developments suggest that this time can potentially be reduced by the use of “self-healing” security software. This may sound a little out there, but stay with us! We’ll explain.

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Ransomware has Become More Dangerous and Less Discriminating

Ransomware has Become More Dangerous and Less Discriminating

While it only makes sense to assume that a hacker would focus specifically on those targets that would bring them the greatest profit (in other words, larger businesses), the reality of modern cybercrime renders this assumption grossly outdated. Let’s examine how different developments in ransomware have made it possible for hackers to be far less discerning in who they target.

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How to Recognize Spam and Phishing Emails

How to Recognize Spam and Phishing Emails

Out of all the email messages you get throughout the workday, how many of them are spam messages or malicious emails from hackers? You don’t need us to tell you that spam and phishing emails are a serious problem, but sometimes they can be hard to identify, especially to the untrained or uninformed eye. Listed below are some of the telltale signs of spam and phishing emails, as well as how you should react to them.

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Another Ransomware Threat Has Emerged

Another Ransomware Threat Has Emerged

Another ransomware threat is here, this time targeting unpatched and end-of-life products in SonicWall’s Secure Mobile Access (SMA) 100 series and Secure Remote Access (SRA) products. To make things worse, the threat is currently being used, so businesses utilizing these devices must take action now to limit how much damage this ransomware can do.

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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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What to Avoid Regarding Cyber Security for Your Business

What to Avoid Regarding Cyber Security for Your Business

Security can be rough for small businesses to optimize, but that does not make it any less imperative. One such way that security can work against you is actually your employees’ predispositions toward it; the cognitive biases that your employees have regarding security can put your business at risk, even if that is the last thing on their minds.

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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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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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