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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 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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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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How to Keep Your Computer Clean

How to Keep Your Computer Clean

If you are like many others, your desktop computer just sits there, day after day, allowing you to run your business. Alas, like any other machine, it will fail. One way to prolong the lifespan of your computer is to keep it clean. Listed below are some pointers on how to do so. 

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How to Recognize a Phishing Attack

How to Recognize a Phishing Attack

With email being such a significant part of doing business, phishing has become a popular tool of many scammers. To fight back, it is critical that you know how to recognize a phishing email, so we’re dedicating some time to doing just that.

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Microsoft Word Features that can Enhance Your Productivity

Microsoft Word Features that can Enhance Your Productivity

A lot of companies rely on Microsoft Word, the leading word processing app for businesses, but the question is, are you utilizing it to its fullest potential? Listed below are some of the features that can help you be more productive with Microsoft Word.

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What You Need to Know About Blue Light

What You Need to Know About Blue Light

Every day it seems like there’s a new threat to be concerned about. Clearly, there’s the Covid-19 threat that the whole world’s been dealing with, but there’s also the smaller things that we’re supposed to be worried about, such as “blue light”, for example. What is that, and what can it really do?

As it turns out, blue light is more than just a marketing gimmick, and can potentially impact your health. Listed below are a few tips to help you filter it out, and why you may want to do so.

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How to Simplify Your Chrome Browser Tabs Management

How to Simplify Your Chrome Browser Tabs Management

Google Chrome is by far from the most utilized Internet browser on both PC and mobile platforms, so it only makes sense to make using the Chrome browser as convenient as possible. Listed below is a tip to help you simplify your Chrome browser tabs management.

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Options for Turning Off Windows

Options for Turning Off Windows

While your attention is probably more dedicated to how you use your computer while it’s on, it is just as critical to consider the different ways that you can turn your computer off, in a manner of speaking. The varied options present in the Start menu will each have their own effect, so it is imperative to be aware of what these differences are. Listed below is review what each option does so that you’ll be able to use them more appropriately.

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How to Utilize Gmail's Confidential Mode

How to Utilize Gmail's Confidential Mode

Gmail has been as secure as most other email platforms, but email is email and there are times when you send an email that isn’t opened promptly and you’d rather not have the information in that message get sent around or archived where you can’t control it. Gmail has now added a feature that allows users to send messages that will delete themselves in a predetermined time frame, and work to keep the contents of those messages from being shared. 

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Gmail's Confidential Mode

Gmail's Confidential Mode

Gmail is as secure as any comparable email platform, but there may be some messages you send that you’d rather not have lingering in someone’s inbox. On the other hand, did you know that Gmail allows you to send messages that delete themselves after a set timeframe, while also preventing the contents from being forwarded, downloaded, copied, or printed?

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Obscure but Helpful Google Play Features

Obscure but Helpful Google Play Features

Android device users depend on the Google Play Store to source applications, but many may not be aware of the controls and features that the Play Store provides. Listed below are some of these features that could be useful.

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Simple IT Best Practices for Your Business

Simple IT Best Practices for Your Business

Most modern businesses rely heavily on information technology to operate, so we thought it would be valuable to share some very simple IT best practices to help assist your operations by keeping your resources productive and secured.

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2021 Business Technology Resolutions

2021 Business Technology Resolutions

2021 is nearly here, and if your business isn’t utilizing technology to its fullest capability, you’re missing out on some significant opportunities. Listed below are a few winning strategies that you should adopt in the coming year.

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Google Chrome has a New Feature: Chrome Actions

Google Chrome has a New Feature: Chrome Actions

If it is going to remain the most utilized Internet browser, Google Chrome always needs to have new features added to it to make it the preferable choice for most users. Recently, Chrome Actions was implemented, contributing to that goal. Let’s look at what Chrome Actions are, and how they could prove helpful.

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One of Microsoft Word's Time-Saving Capabilities

One of Microsoft Word's Time-Saving Capabilities

Microsoft Word has lots of time-saving capabilities. For example, did you know that you can paste the same text across numerous documents? This makes it simple to replicate text without having to fix it each time, and to make changes everywhere the text appears all at once. Listed below is how to do so.

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How to Utilize Mobile Apps on Your Desktop

How to Utilize Mobile Apps on Your Desktop

Windows 10 has played nice with the Android platform for a while now, but did you know that there is a way that you can actually utilize the same apps you would find on your mobile device on your PC? Listed below is how you can enable this capability.

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Five Ways to Maximize Your IT Benefits

Five Ways to Maximize Your IT Benefits

As the businesses all over continue to be restricted in their operations, costs have been a consideration that they need to put some serious thought into. Luckily, there are many ways that you can invest in technologies that significantly benefit your business operations without breaking the bank. Listed below are five ways to maximize your benefits, without maximizing your investments.

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How to Manage Your Phone’s Battery Life

How to Manage Your Phone’s Battery Life

Consider how much we rely on our mobile devices every day; it comes as no surprise how stressful the “LOW BATTERY” notification can be. While you might assume that it only seems to appear earlier and earlier in the day, there are in fact a variety of conditions that cause your device to die much faster. Listed below are a few tips to help you understand what is happening to your battery, and what you can do to manage its longevity a little better.

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Best Practices for Keeping Your Computer Clean

Best Practices for Keeping Your Computer Clean

As your employees go about their workdays, it is critical that they do so with the resources they’ll need to remain optimally productive… and that those resources are in the best condition for them to do so. While this is usually an overlooked consideration, this means that their computer needs to be clean and fully functional. Listed below are a few best practices to follow when it comes to keeping a workstation clean enough to work optimally.

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How to Maximize the Signal Strength of Your Router

How to Maximize the Signal Strength of Your Router

You’re probably still spending a lot of time at home, on the Internet. With so many still working remotely, and many educational institutions continuing remote learning, the strength of a household’s Wi-Fi signal is going to be imperative. Listed below are some tips to help you maximize the signal strength of your router.

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