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5 Useful Websites

Everyone likes useful websites. Here is a listing of the top 5 favorites here at Burgess Technology Services.

Snopes.com

Everyday, social media users read “scientific” claims on social media or read stories so outrageous, that it makes one wonder about the story’s legitimacy. Is there really a new, rare tick that burrows under our skin undetected? Does cooking with aluminum foil really put us at risk for Alzheimer’s disease? Did Marilyn Monroe have an IQ of 168? All of these stories can be fact checked by a reliable source

Snopes.com was created in 1994 and has become one of the most reliable fact-checking resources on the internet.  Check this website to read the facts and/or fiction behind just about any claim or story found online. While we all need to be aware of the legitimate tick risk in Midcoast Maine, Snopes.com tells us we don’t have to worry about this one. According to their research, this fake story was created by a dad trying to demonstrate to his young children how quickly misinformation travels on social media. So, what about the aluminum foil? You’re probably okay. Marilyn Monroe? Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

Feedly.com

For information lovers, Feedly will quickly become a new favorite. Feedly allows users to bring all the new feeds from a variety of differences sources into one place. This allows the reader to organize news into categories and groups. For instance, within the BTS feed is a Security group and any news related to comptuer security is filed there automatically. Users can log into Feedly and quickly scan news titles and then read, save for later or share. Interested in a certain topic? Feedly allows users to set up keywords and then gives an alert when there is news connected to that term. There is a free version and a paid version of this news website and the capabilities increase with the latter. Feedly works great for groups of people within an organization to be able to share “feeds” and relevant information.

Slack.com

Slack boasts that it is “team communication for the 21st century” and they are right. With Slack, there’s no more fishing through emails to locate the one that a colleague sent last week about an upcoming meeting. No more repeated conversations with co-workers or documents and notes scattered everywhere. Slack allows users to work together efficiently on projects by creating channels per topic, team, or anything the user might need. Channels provide a way for conversations, messages, and files to be shared in an organized manner. The communication tools integrates with many different platforms, such as Google Drive and more. As with Feedly, there is a free version and premium plans depending on the team’s needs. It also has an app and keeps communications synced across devices.

LiveAndWorkInMaine.com

This website should be the first stop for anyone looking to hire an employee or be hired by a Maine employer. The firm was founded with a desire to attract a strong workforce to ensure a thriving future for Maine employers. The website connects candidates in and out of the state of Maine with employers in Maine looking for qualified help. For those not yet living in Maine, the website provides area information by county. For employees seeking positions, there is an extensive job board searchable by a variety of attributes. The news & blog section contains a wealth of business news using both text & photos and engaging videos. The website is dedicated to a better future for Maine, its residents, and its businesses.

Mainebiz.com

The cornerstone of business news for business owners and decision makers in Maine is Mainebiz.com. Though the website is heavily ad driving like most news outlets, the content is worth looking past that. Features such as the “Most Read” or “Most Emailed” news stories keeps website visitors informed about current trends.

A general word of caution: As we know by now, any website, whether viewed as a “trusted” source or not has the potential to contain harmful malware. Always use caution when browsing the internet. Ensure your PC is protected with the latest anti-virus/anti-malware software and immediately disconnect should you be even slightly suspicious of what is happening.

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Mike Dorr, President

Mike began as a Burgess network engineer in 1998. He later spent 3 years as Five County Credit Union’s Director of IT before returning as an owner in 2006. He lives in Bath with his wife and children and is an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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