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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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4 Ways the Average Person Can Avoid Ransomware

May 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The WannaCry ransomware has affected more than 300,000 people around the world and scared many more. While WannaCry may have been halted, incidents of ransomware in general are rising and an average tech user could easily fall victim to it. But there are some things you can do. Maintain Good...

How Well Does Twitter Know You?

May 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Social media giant Twitter has recently updated its privacy policy. The company changed a few things, including how it uses your browsing data from outside of Twitter. This web browsing data is collected any time users visit third-party websites that use Twitter's API, which could be any website that has...

Senate Staffers Can Now Use Encryption App Signal

May 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it comes to privacy and security, many people who deal with sensitive information turned to encrypted chat app Signal. Fresh on the heels of his decision to move all Senate websites to HTTPS, Senate Sergeant at Arms Frank J. Larkin has approved official use of Signal by Senate staff...

Don't Click This Mysterious WhatsApp Link

May 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow WhatsApp users or people who are friends with WhatsApp users, watch out: There's a new online scam targeting you. A malicious WhatsApp link is cropping up across social media and in inboxes everywhere. First discovered by The Next Web, the link promises the opportunity to download WhatsApp in new, fun...

FCC Chairman Responds to Mean Tweets

May 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ajit Pai is striking back. The Federal Communications Commission chairman proposed to reverse the agency's policy on net neutrality in April, and has since come under a lot of fire. Pai sat down with the Independent Journal Review to respond to mean tweets sent his way. "I really enjoy the...

How to Get More from Your Amazon Echo

May 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Amazon Echo is a popular new gadget and how many tech users are being introduced to artificial intelligence and smart homes. But just what exactly can this small black cylinder do? Before your Amazon Echo can do anything, first she has to understand you. The Echo comes with multiple...

How Do You Protect a Helicopter From a Hacker?

May 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As more military weapons and vehicles become autonomous, the more at risk to cyber intrusions they will become. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has developed the High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems program to create technology to secure those things that exist in the cyber and physical realms. During a recent...

A Few Helpful New Features in Windows 10

May 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft recently released an update for Windows 10 that includes some helpful new features. The Night Light feature changes the screen to warmer color temperature during the evening hours to ensure it doesn't disturb users' sleep patterns. You can turn it on by going into system settings. Microsoft's voice assistant...

Meet NASA's Newest Crew Member: Astrobee

May 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA has frequently used robotics, and the space agency is currently preparing to send one adorable robot to the International Space Station to help the astronauts onboard. Astrobee is shaped like a cube and measures 1 foot by 1 foot by 1 foot. While Astrobee is small, it can take...

Self-Driving Cars Will Hinge on These 2 Things

May 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At this point, self-driving cars feel like a guaranteed mode of transportation in our future. Many automakers have even promised to make autonomous vehicles available by the year 2021. To keep those promises, car and tech companies will have to invest in two technologies. First, automated vehicles will require sensor...