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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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US-CERT Explains How to Keep Your Home Network Secure

May 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whether you have an advanced smart home system or a basic Wi-Fi setup with a few devices connected to it, keeping your home network secure is essential. Though many people think they're fine on a personal network with minimal security measures, it's still entirely possible that a home network could...

Report: Hundreds of Android Phones Had Malware Preinstalled

May 24, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You could be the most diligent person when it comes to online security and follow all the experts' best cybersecurity advice to a tee, but you could still be afflicted with malware when it comes preinstalled on your smartphone. Avast Threat Labs released a report Thursday detailing a new scam...

Google Chrome Plug-In Informs You Whenever Hackers Have Your Password

May 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Passwords. We're notoriously not great at them, even in the year 2018. While two-factor authentication and password managers are useful tools, it seems we need all the help we can get. When choosing a password, experts recommend that you instead create a passphrase, something lengthy and hard to crack. But...

Two Senators Want More Info From FCC On Fake Net Neutrality Comments

May 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The battle over net neutrality and the way the Federal Communications Commission has handled the issue has been a contentious one and it still rages on. Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. and Pat Toomey, R-Penn. have a bone to pick with the FCC and its Commissioner Ajit Pai. The senators were...

Teen-Phone Monitoring App Leaks Info About Teens and Parents

May 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The app called Teen Safe is used by worried parents to keep tabs on their kids. The app gives parents access to their kids' location, text messages, call history, web browsing history and app downloads. But a big flaw means it's possible for hackers to keep tabs on the kids...

Google Is Turning Up the Pressure On Sites To Adopt HTTPS

May 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Making sure a website is secure and using HTTPS before conducting any sensitive activity, such as entering in personal information like a Social Security number, is an important part of staying safe online. For Google Chrome users, that was indicated by a green lock symbol in the upper right corner....

The SEC Made A Fake Cryptocurrency To Teach People About Scams

May 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow HoweyCoin is a new digital currency that launched this week, with promises that it would become the best currency for the travel industry to entice buyers. The only problem? It isn't real. When interested buyers clicked on the "Buy Coins Now!" button, it instead took them to a Securities and...

How Much Data Does Apple Have On You? Here's How to Find Out

May 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Recent scandals have revealed just how much data is being collected on us by various tech companies. Android users especially had a wakeup call regarding the extent of location tracking and data scraping that was being conducted by Google and Facebook. But how much data are iPhone users giving up...

U.K. Facial Recognition Software Used By Police Highly Inaccurate, Report Finds

May 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facial recognition has become an increasingly popular tool for law enforcement agencies, but what happens when the software behind it is faulty? A new report from The Independent released Sunday revealed that the U.K.'s Metropolitan Police facial recognition software returns incorrect matches 98 percent of the time. The technology works...

Facebook Has Discovered 200 More Apps That Have Misused Data

May 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It isn't just Cambridge Analytica that is guilty of misusing Facebook user data, Facebook revealed Monday. Following the scandal, Facebook conducted an app audit in an effort to restore trust with its users, and the results are in. Out of thousands of apps reportedly examined by the social network, 200...