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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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Tech Support Scams Ramping Up, Microsoft Warns

April 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Staying safe online is increasingly more difficult. Who you think is the friendly IT guy calling for information could be a criminal looking for some easy cash. Scams like these that rely on social engineering techniques are becoming more and more frequent, ZDNet reported. Microsoft said it received 153,000 reports...

FTC's Facebook Audit Didn't Catch Cambridge Analytica Leaks

April 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's been a lot of extra government scrutiny on Facebook following the news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that came out in March, but government oversight didn't catch the misuse of data that affected 80 million people. The Federal Trade Commission settled its charges with Facebook in 2011 with its...

Facebook Attempts to Limit Reach of EU Privacy Law

April 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook has been in a lot of hot water lately, especially when it comes to privacy issues. The tech company may have found a new batch of trouble. The European Union is introducing a strict new data law, the General Data Protection Regulation, and Facebook is trying to limit its...

Google Safe Browsing Now Helps To Protect Android Users

April 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you use Google Chrome on your desktop or laptop, you might have encountered Google's Safe Browsing feature at some point. The feature, introduced in 2007, is designed to warn and protect users from going to potentially harmful websites, like those that could expose you to malware. Android users can...

Russian Hackers Are Targeting Routers

April 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russian hackers have been very busy the past few years, but now they may be targeting you, through your router. The Homeland Security Department, the FBI and the U.K.'s National Cybersecurity Centre issued a joint announcement Monday to warn citizens about the Russian spy campaign to infiltrate routers around the...

Thousands of Apps Improperly Tracking Kids, Study Finds

April 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, invasive data collection by tech companies is on everyone's minds. But what happens when that data collection targets children? A group of researchers discovered that 3,337 Android apps meant for child and family use were improperly collecting data, Engadget reported. The researchers, who are affiliated...

Can Quantum Physics Help Keep Your Credit Card Safe?

April 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Researchers at the National Institute for Standards and Technology have developed a new way to generate random numbers that could help keep citizens' information safe. To the layman, this might just seem like a fun math trick, but generating random numbers is key to the encryption that occurs across the...

Bots Share the Majority of Links on Twitter

April 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Scrolling through Twitter and clicking on interesting links is a pastime for many. But where are all those links coming from? Probably not from an actual human, it turns out. Pew Research Center released a report on Monday examining the level of bot activity on the social media website. Researchers...

Google Is Banning Cryptomining Extensions from Chrome Store

April 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cryptocurrency has exploded in popularity recently, with lots of people "mining" for these digital currencies, oftentimes using illegal methods. Google wants to crack down on that, Wired reported The tech company April 2 announced its plan to block any cryptomining extension submissions and remove all existing extensions that have mining...

How to Find Out If Your Facebook Data Was Used by Cambridge Analytica

April 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook's data scandal marches on. Last week, Facebook announced 87 million people had their data mined by political firm Cambridge Analytica, 40 million more than previously thought. And now you should be able to tell if you're one of them. Facebook users should see notifications at the top of their...