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

Snopes.com: Every day, 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.

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 the Midcoast, Snopes tells us we don’t have to worry about this one. According to its 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 OK. Marilyn Monroe? Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

Feedly.com: For information lovers, Feedly will quickly become a favorite. It allows users to bring all the news feeds from a variety of different 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 computer security is filed there automatically. Users can log into Feedly, quickly scan news titles and then read, save for later or share.

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 and the capabilities increase with the latter. Feedly works great for groups of people within an organization to be able to share relevant information.

Slack.com: Slack boasts that it’s “team communication for the 21st century.” With Slack, there’s no more fishing through emails to locate the one that a colleague sent last week about an upcoming meeting. No 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 integrate with many different platforms, such as Google Drive.

As with Feedly, there’s a free version and premium plans depending on team 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 state 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 searchable job board. The news and blog section contains a wealth of information using both text and photos and engaging videos.

Mainebiz.com: The cornerstone of business news for business owners and decision makers in Maine is Mainebiz.com. Though the website is heavily ad driven, 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.

Mike Dorr and Matt Rice are co-owners of Burgess Technology Services, a comprehensive IT support, managed service and network design firm located in Bath.