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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.

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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Privacy Concerns About Messaging Apps

Privacy Concerns About Messaging Apps

If you asked most people if they are okay with their personal information being taken and used by businesses, you’d probably get a lot of "No" responses. Ironically, it seems that people will give it right over to social media programs, but you are beginning to see some pushback when using apps. WhatsApp, the messaging app owned by Facebook, known for end-to-end encryption, has told users that they will soon be forced to share their personal data with Facebook.

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Google Docs' Handy Features

Google Docs' Handy Features

Within Google Workspace is Google Docs, a helpful word processing solution that can be accessed via your web browser. In case you’re new to using Google’s productivity software, we have decided to assemble a short introduction to some of Google Docs’ most useful tools and features.

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How to Utilize Google Drive

How to Utilize Google Drive

For the business looking for a comprehensive cloud-based content management and collaboration solution, Google Drive is an option that warrants serious consideration. While we don’t want to recommend it over another one of your options, per se, we did want to offer a brief beginner’s guide to putting it to use. That way, any business that does elect to utilize Google Drive and (the associated solutions it comes with) has more information going in.

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Three Apps that can Boost Your Team's Collaboration

Three Apps that can Boost Your Team's Collaboration

Boosting collaboration is a central theme to many businesses' operational strategies. The more that people can do as a team, the less expensive operations have to be. That is a sound business strategy. Many modern businesses are looking to software to build a successful collaborative situation. Listed below are three such apps that, if utilized properly, will help any business enhance their team’s ability to work together. 

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Adobe Flash is about to be Retired. Will it Impact Your Business?

Adobe Flash is about to be Retired. Will it Impact Your Business?

Once December 31st ushers in 2021, support for the once-popular Adobe Flash Player will officially end. Naturally, it isn’t every day that a 24-year-old software is taken out of commission, so it only makes sense to wonder how much this will impact businesses.

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What Has Zoom Done to Enhance Its Security?

What Has Zoom Done to Enhance Its Security?

As a communication tool, the video conferencing app Zoom saw a significant bump in its popularity with both personal and business users as the coronavirus pandemic made other means of meeting no longer viable. Nonetheless, this sudden increase in its user base also revealed some serious security problems with the platform. What has Zoom has done to resolve these problems since then?

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How Blockchain Can Enhance Your Business

How Blockchain Can Enhance Your Business

Blockchain is one of the most powerful new technologies, but up until recently, there hasn’t been a lot accomplished in the way of creating viable distributed software titles. In reality, the most practical technology created with blockchain is cryptocurrency. This says quite a bit. Below is a look at blockchain-enhanced software and how it’s only a matter of time until it is a mainstream addition to most businesses.

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The Challenges that Arise When IT and OT Work Together

The Challenges that Arise When IT and OT Work Together

Businesses have two different types of technology to contend with: their information technology, and their operational technology. As these categories have become less distinct with the arrival of the Internet of Things and other similar advancements, a couple of new challenges to maintaining security have become apparent. These challenges are listed below, as well as what you need to do to overcome them.

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Everything Your Business Needs To Know About Bloatware

Everything Your Business Needs To Know About Bloatware

For the individual, it is thrilling to open the box that your new computer arrives in. However, for a business, it can result in a slew of issues. A hardware refresh can be an exciting time for a business, especially if it has been required for a while; one problem, though, is that some new hardware comes with unwanted software. 

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How CRM Can Boost Your Business

How CRM Can Boost Your Business

There are a lot of organizations that rely on their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform. It’s not just utilized to manage their customer relationship; it helps with production, invoicing, operations, human resources, and more. Below is a look at the CRM and how strategic use of this platform can help build your business. 

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What You Need to Know About Software as a Service

What You Need to Know About Software as a Service

The cloud has offered businesses exceptional remarkable capabilities and opportunities, but let's take a moment to focus on one in particular: software as a service (SaaS). What exactly is SaaS, and how can it assist you in your operations? 

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2 Rare Microsoft Patches

2 Rare Microsoft Patches

To keep your organization's network secure from threats your software working effectively, patching the software it uses is absolutely imperative. The reason is that the threat landscape is constantly evolving. Recently, Microsoft announced that they have released an emergency out-of-band security update to fix two security issues, an atypical act for the software giant. 

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All You Need to Know about G Suite

All You Need to Know about G Suite

Google is an absolute behemoth in computing; it moved from web search functionality to a much wider variety of applications. These applications now make up the G Suite, and are utilized by many, many businesses to accomplish their goals. Listed below are some of the G Suite features and how they can benefit your business.

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All You Need to Know About Line of Business Software

All You Need to Know About Line of Business Software

Modern businesses depend on software to help them fill in the gaps. For certain businesses, though, not just any piece of software will do. If your business is dependent on specific software to properly run your business, or if your business functions in an industry rife with regulations, you might be looking for a line of business software.

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Four Beneficial Business Solutions for Your Organization

Four Beneficial Business Solutions for Your Organization

While each modern business has its own balance of company culture and processes, there are certain varieties of software that all modern organizations in operation should be leveraging. Below we go over what these solutions are, and how they can benefit your business.

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Tips on Improving Your Organization's Cybersecurity

Tips on Improving Your Organization's Cybersecurity

In the course of maintaining a business everyone has their own specific responsibilities. One overarching responsibility that all employees need to have today is a keen eye for detail. The health of an organization depends on it. A staff’s failure to properly shoulder their load of security can lead to a significant negative result for both the employee and the business. When your company gets infiltrated by hackers, that fault is largely found in the mirror. 

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Macro Systems can Help Your Business Find the Best Solutions

Macro Systems can Help Your Business Find the Best Solutions

Businesses require hardware and software to keep an infrastructure running, but not all businesses specialize in the management and acquisition of these systems. Moreover, some organizations don’t even know what their specific needs are, which is shocking to think about. Macro Systems is here to help you make the best decisions possible with your hardware and software acquisitions.

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What You Should Know about APIs

What You Should Know about APIs

They say software runs the world, and it’s all thanks to the capability to merge with one-another via the use of APIs. API, short for application programming interface, is imperative to comprehend what these do in our modern technology environment.

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Microsoft Terminating Support for Major Operating System Titles

Microsoft Terminating Support for Major Operating System Titles

Windows is arguably the most operating system in the world; thus, developers are always hard at work on the next new version of the OS. Nonetheless, businesses are often stuck in a tricky situation whenever end of support occurs for any popular operating system. When your reliable technology solutions finally stop receiving updates and patches, what do you do? Users of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will have to answer this question next January.

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