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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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Under-the-Screen Fingerprint Readers Are Coming in 2018

December 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new style of biometrics is coming to smartphones next year. A fingerprint reader embedded in the glass display of the smartphone will be revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2018, Synaptics, a biometrics company, announced Tuesday. The to-be-released smartphone is one from a major smartphone manufacturer, in...

Here's How to Use Your Amazon Echo This Christmas

December 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whether you were gifted an Amazon Echo last holiday or you picked one up during this year's Black Friday sale, the digital assistant can be a huge help during the holiday season. Here are a few things the device can do to make your experience more merry and bright. You...

These Real-World Tricks Can Help Keep You Secure Online

December 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When you think about ways to stay safe online, usually digital options come to mind like two-factor authentication and keeping software updated. But there a few things you can do physically that will keep you safe digitally, according to Wired. The simplest trick of all is to cover your webcam....

This New Phishing Scheme Could Fool You With a False Sense of Security

December 11, 2017 When you're browsing the Internet these days, you may realize the majority of sites you visit have a green padlock in the left part of the address bar, meant to indicate it's HTTPS status. That HTTPS status, which indicates the website is encrypted, is important for people looking to stay...

This New Phishing Scheme Could Fool You With A False Sense of Security

December 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When you're browsing the Internet these days, you may realize the majority of sites you visit have a green padlock in the left part of the address bar, meant to indicate it's HTTPS status. That HTTPS status, which indicates the website is encrypted, is important for people looking to stay...

NASA's Planning Its Next Mission to Mars

December 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA's Curiosity Rover landed on the Martian surface in 2012. Now NASA is working on a follow-up. The rover is currently in development, but the planned launch date in 2020 will be here soon, so the space agency has a lot of work to do. The objectives for this rover's...

How to Keep Your Smartphone Secure During Holiday Travel

December 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whether you're traveling to across the country to see family for the holidays or flying internationally to a tropical locale to escape the winter blues, you're probably going to take a smartphone with you. Because of that, both the Homeland Security Department and the National Cyber Security Alliance have released...

Apple Teams Up With Stanford to Study Irregular Heart Rhythms

December 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple Watch can let you pay for things, send text messages and check the weather, all with a flick of the wrist. But now it can also save your life. Apple launched the Apple Heart Study on November 30, in partnership with the Stanford University School of Medicine. The app...

Google Bans Apps that Sneak Ads onto Phone Lock Screens

December 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An ad on your phone's lock screen is a real annoyance—especially if it becomes nearly impossible to unlock your phone without clicking on the ad. These accidental clicks aren't just annoying, however. They often take users to a third-party website that can leave them vulnerable to spyware of phishing. After...

What Lurks Beneath the Everyday Web

December 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have you ever been curious about what lies beneath the internet we use every day? Perhaps you've heard of the deep web and the dark web and aren't sure of the difference? Everything that can be found on a search engine like Google and Bing falls under the category of...