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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.

What Your Business Should Know About the Collaboration Platform Discord

What Your Business Should Know About the Collaboration Platform Discord

While it isn’t officially a business solution, the collaboration platform Discord has seen some popularity as a means of facilitating a business’ internal communications. Listed below are some tips to enhance your use of the platform, in case you are part of a company that does so. 

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11 Ways to Ensure Your Team is on Their Guard Against Cyberattacks

11 Ways to Ensure Your Team is on Their Guard Against Cyberattacks

Unfortunately, there is no single tool that allows you to avoid any and all cybersecurity issues for your business. On the other hand, there is one way to help make most threats far less likely to be successful: building up your organization's internal security awareness amongst your employees and team members. Listed below are eleven ways that you can help ensure your business is properly protected, simply by encouraging your employees to take a more active role in guarding it.

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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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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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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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How Businesses can Benefit from Automation

How Businesses can Benefit from Automation

While a lot of the focus on any organization's use of technology may be on its front-facing solutions, there’s a lot to be said about the technology solutions that power these organizations behind the scenes. Listed below are a few ways that companies are benefiting from automating some of these background processes.

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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 Threats Your Employees Can Pose to Your Business

Three Threats Your Employees Can Pose to Your Business

What would you consider to be the biggest threat to your business? Cybercriminals? A natural disaster? What if I told you that it was the team members that you have employed, whether they meant to be or not? This is the hard truth that you need to prepare your business for.

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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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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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How to Monitor Your Workers without Crossing Any Lines

How to Monitor Your Workers without Crossing Any Lines

Of all the controversial topics in the workplace, employee monitoring is among the most divisive. As an authority figure in your business, it is only natural that you would want to ensure that your team is working diligently, especially as they are working remotely. However, there are some lines that cannot be crossed you should be aware of. The concept of monitoring your employees and what cannot be done is discussed below.

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How Your Business Can Utilize Artificial Intelligence

How Your Business Can Utilize Artificial Intelligence

As technology grows smarter, artificial intelligence has evolved into a more and more applicable solution that businesses of all sizes can utilize. Listed below are the various ways in which AI can be utilized to support businesses.

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Three Steps to Creating a Successful Backup Strategy

Three Steps to Creating a Successful Backup Strategy

It is very likely that you have already heard us talk about the importance of a comprehensive data backup strategy. Recent events have made such preparations no less imperative for you to have in place. Listed below are some of the key steps that you need to undergo.

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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 Protect Your Employees As You Reopen

How to Protect Your Employees As You Reopen

As businesses of all types either reopen or find themselves quickly approaching that point, the ongoing status of COVID-19 guarantees that these companies must carefully evaluate how to proceed. With infection numbers rising at the time of this writing, it is imperative that you establish the means to protect your employees from infection and illness.

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2 Scenarios That Illustrate Why Your Business Needs a Backup Solution

2 Scenarios That Illustrate Why Your Business Needs a Backup Solution

Listed below are two potential scenarios that your business could encounter: one with a backup solution, and one without. This exercise will show and the benefit of protecting your organization with a backup solution.

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A Business Continuity Planning is Critical to Your Business

A Business Continuity Planning is Critical to Your Business

Disasters, at least in the business sense, always seem to be underestimated. While you usually hear about disasters that are often seen, there are some that can go under the radar until they strike. However, regardless of the nature of the disaster, you need to be prepared to maintain both your operations and your communications to some degree.

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One Trait that Makes Video Conferencing Less Awkward

One Trait that Makes Video Conferencing Less Awkward

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, more business than ever are now conducted via video chat. You may be using it yourself as a tool to work remotely. Nevertheless, while these conversations may help keep your team connected to one another, the experience certainly isn’t the same as what would be found in the office conference room. There is one specific trait that can help video conferencing be as smooth as possible for everyone, though. 

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How to Enhance Your Access Control

How to Enhance Your Access Control

There is no denying that a companies' security--specifically, its access control--is absolutely imperative to consider. Listed below are a few tips to help you enhance your business’ security via improvements to your access controls and their policies.

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What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus in Relation to the Workplace

What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus in Relation to the Workplace

COVID-19, or coronavirus, has become a serious global health concern over the past couple of months. At this point, it is clear that this disease could have major impacts on the workplace. We wanted to offer a brief rundown of good workplace and network health practices, as well as a few pointers on how you can handle health-based employee absences.

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