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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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Facebook's Account Recovery Changes Could Drastically Improve Your Online Security

April 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you've ever forgotten your password to a website or app, you know there are two options for getting back in. You could reset the password through a link sent to your email, or answer a security question about what high school you went to and your dog's name. Unfortunately,...

NASA 3-D Printed Its Own 'Space Fabric'

April 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Fashion and science collide with one of NASA's latest projects: a metallic fabric that could aid in space exploration. Looking a lot like medieval chain mail, the fabric is 3-D printed all in one piece. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory believe the foldable and shape-changing material could work as...

Inside Samsung's New Galaxy S8 Phone

April 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Samsung's Galaxy S8 is hitting the market and is vastly different from the company's previous offering. To start, the phone doesn't explode. Samsung ensured that by developing a new battery testing system. In addition to that very important fix, the device boasts a fancy curved display and a resistance to...

This Is Still the Best Way To Protect Your Accounts

April 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Looking to boost your cybersecurity? Turning on two-factor authentication wherever possible is still the best way to increase security online. Two-factor authentication works whenever you enter your username and password into a service, a numerical code is sent via text message or through an app to a second device, usually...

Windows Vista Users, It's Time to Finally Upgrade

April 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's been 10 years since Microsoft released Windows Vista and now the tech giant is finally killing it. Microsoft will no longer release security updates, fixes or support, paid or otherwise. The operating system first launched in January 2007 and while it was very flashy, many workplace IT departments did...

How to Protect Yourself Against Digital Tax Fraud

April 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With only a few days left to do your taxes, many of us have one more thing to worry about when it comes to filing: hackers. A growing percentage of refunds are going to hackers who have filed fake returns for real citizens. With the average refund sitting at $2,900,...

Inside NASA's X-Plane Program

April 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For decades, NASA has been developing experimental aircraft and testing them in the Mojave Desert. The space and aeronautics agency is still trying to make aircraft that are faster, quieter and more fuel efficient. The latest experimental craft? The X-57, a flight demonstrator for new propulsion technologies. "The first thing...

These Bluetooth Trackers Make Sure You Don't Lose Anything Ever Again

April 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are you constantly losing your keys or wallet or even the glasses on top of your head? A Bluetooth tracker might be for you then. Tile is a smartphone app that connects to small tiles that come in different sizes and fit easily on a keyring or in a wallet....

Humans to Battle AlphaGo Yet Again

April 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow AlphaGo was created by Google's DeepMind team as the ultimate machine learning system, capable of playing the game of Go. The 3,000 year old game is so complex, an algorithm can't simply calculate all potential moves. Instead, AlphaGo learned the rules and played "like a human." In March 2016, Google's...

How to Make Your iPad Kid-Proof

April 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Handing a child a mobile device without any planning can be disastrous for your privacy and potentially your wallet. It was only after a lengthy court battle Amazon refunded customers $70 million worth of app purchases mistakenly made by children. For iPad users, parental controls have been built directly into...

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