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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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Apple Wants to Teach You How to Code Apps

May 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple is stepping into college classrooms. The tech giant has developed a curriculum to teach high school and community college students how to code and build apps for computers and smartphones using Apple's own coding language Swift. Swift is open source, but primarily used to create iOS apps, so Apple...

The Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner Is Easily Hacked

May 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Biometrics on smartphones are considered by some to be a more secure replacement to the user error-riddled password. And while passwords have their flaws, biometric locks are certainly not hack proof. That includes the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is the first flagship smartphone with iris recognition. Recently, a security researcher...

How to Check if a Phone Is Lost or Stolen

May 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the market for a used phone? Second-hand devices come with a lower cost, but might have a suspicious history. Before purchasing a used smartphone, try make sure it's not actually registered as lost or stolen. If you are wandering around with a stolen phone, the original owner might request...

Get to Know Android O's Latest Features

May 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google recently announced their upcoming smartphone operating system, Android O. Android currently runs on 2 billion devices already, so the tech giant hopes that these new updates will give them a more seamless smartphone experience. "We wanted to make your daily experience just more fluid, so you could be more...

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...