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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.

Cloud Computing vs. Onsite Computing

Cloud Computing vs. Onsite Computing

Cloud computing has been a hot topic in IT circles for years; first because of the skepticism that many IT professionals had for the practice, and now that it is a mainstream business technology, ways to enhance security to protect the organization who has embraced this computing strategy. While cloud computing is convenient, flexible, and seemingly affordable, there are instances where having physical machines makes more sense for a business. 

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Three Common Computer Problems

Three Common Computer Problems

There are times when you have computer issues and you might hesitate to call in the big guns to resolve the problems. Alas, the reality is that many businesses are under the impression that calling experts to handle their computer problems will leave them in a difficult position financially. Macro Systems is here to make sure that doesn’t happen! Listed below are three common computer repair problems that you may be able to solve in a simple and easy way.

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New Year's Resolutions to Make Regarding Your Organization's Technology

New Year's Resolutions to Make Regarding Your Organization's Technology

The new year has begun, and many of us have undertaken the traditional resolutions as a means to improve ourselves by kicking bad habits and adopting good ones. Why shouldn’t your business join in the fun? Listed below are a few resolutions that could benefit your business if your team were to adopt them.

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A Managed Service Provider Can Enhance How You Utilize Technology

A Managed Service Provider Can Enhance How You Utilize Technology

When it comes to your business’ IT resources, who’s the boss? Do you have a CIO, or chief information officer, managing your IT decision-making, and do you have someone responsible for managing and maintaining your systems? If you don’t know the answer to either of these questions, then we need to have a conversation about your relationship with technology management.

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The Critical Parts of a Comprehensive Communications Infrastructure for Your Business

The Critical Parts of a Comprehensive Communications Infrastructure for Your Business

Communications are an integral part of your organization's operations, but they can often fall to the wayside due to pressing matters. This is especially concerning, considering the remote nature of much work these days. Listed below are some of the most imperative parts of a comprehensive communications infrastructure for your business.

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Three Important Organizational Cybersecurity Issues Going into 2022

Three Important Organizational Cybersecurity Issues Going into 2022

If there is one shared priority most businesses need to have it’s a strategy on how they are going to go about securing their network, infrastructure, and data from the numerous threats they face. Listed below is a look at three of the most imperative issues surrounding organizational cybersecurity as we head into the new year.

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Managed IT Services can Reduce the Need for Computer Repair

Managed IT Services can Reduce the Need for Computer Repair

How often do you find yourself in this situation: You're typing on your computer pushing through your day-to-day tasks, and communicating with your employees when suddenly, your computer freezes up, which forces you to perform a hard reset just to get your computer responsive again. Sound familiar? 

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Hardware Challenges and Questions Your Business Could Encounter

Hardware Challenges and Questions Your Business Could Encounter

There will come a time when your organization will need to acquire hardware like monitors, server units, workstations, networking components, and other technology. It is your responsibility as a business owner to make educated decisions about how you go about upgrading your gear, but it’s not always immediately clear what the correct path forward is.

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How to Match Chrome's Look to New Windows 11 Desktop

How to Match Chrome's Look to New Windows 11 Desktop

Google’s latest update for their popular Chrome browser has a surprise: Chrome can now change many menus to Microsoft’s Windows 11 style menus. While this may be a surprise to some, Google and Microsoft have started to work together in places. Microsoft’s Surface Duo smartphone runs Android technology, and now Google’s Chrome can be customized with Microsoft software in mind.

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The Best Announced Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

The Best Announced Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

With the holidays approaching, people are ready to go out and find the best gifts for their loved ones. That being said, people don’t want to spend their money frivolously; they want to find the best deals while they are available. Listed below is a list of some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that have been announced so far.

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Common Misconceptions about Technology in the Workplace

Common Misconceptions about Technology in the Workplace

When you invest in a new technology solution, you might be wearing your rose-tinted glasses and expecting too much from the solution right out of the box. We all have expectations for what we want the solution to accomplish, but sometimes these expectations just are not realistic. Listed below are some common misconceptions people have about technology in the workplace, especially in regards to implementation.

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How Old is the Technology Your Business Relies on Every Day?

How Old is the Technology Your Business Relies on Every Day?

When was the last time that you took a hard look at your business’ technology? How old are some of the devices that you rely on each day? These are important questions to answer if you want your business to succeed. Listed below are some reasons why upgrading is so critical, and how to determine when the time to upgrade comes.

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3 Things to Try Before Calling Your Help Desk

3 Things to Try Before Calling Your Help Desk

Sometimes technology just doesn’t perform how we need it to, an annoyance that leads most users to call the help desk for assistance. While this is certainly well and good, we thought we would share a few tips that you can use to save some time for both yourself and your help desk, hopefully leading to a faster and more efficient way of troubleshooting problems.

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4 Tips to Improve Your Social Media Security Practices

4 Tips to Improve Your Social Media Security Practices

Successful businesses and influencers utilize social media to great effect, no matter the service, but as with most accounts in a connected world, security is extremely critical and can influence your own use of social media. Listed below are some ways that you can keep yourself safe while using social media and how smart use of social media can improve the security of your business, too.

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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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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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What a Recent Study Reveals About Knowledge Workers and the Remote Workplace

What a Recent Study Reveals About Knowledge Workers and the Remote Workplace

You might think that remote work for specific positions is taking off, and while this is true for some companies, it’s not the case for all. For instance, Knowledge workers are seeing fewer and fewer new job postings, as evidenced by a report from Braintrust. This report analyzed 150,000 new job postings and had some surprising results on the remote work front.

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Why Content Filtering is Necessary for Your Business

Why Content Filtering is Necessary for Your Business

The Internet might be a great resource for today's businesses, but it can also waste a lot of time and expose your organization to more risks than you’d think. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to take action against these threats and do what must be done to protect your organization from them. One of the best ways you can do this is by implementing a content filter for your network traffic.

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3 Important IT Processes Essential for Modern Businesses

3 Important IT Processes Essential for Modern Businesses

With businesses relying so much on technology to accomplish just about everything, IT undoubtedly has an imperative role to play. It makes sense that you would want your organization's IT to deliver as much value as possible. Listed below are three IT-centric processes that are primed to help your business accomplish this.

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The Right Technology Can Enhance the Customer Experience

The Right Technology Can Enhance the Customer Experience

Whether you refer to them as customers or clients, the people who act as patrons to your business are essential to its success and survival; you need to keep them as happy as possible. While there are many aspects of maintaining a high level of customer service, we wanted to take a bit of time to examine how deploying the right technology can assist your business in doing just that.

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