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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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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 give parents access to their kid's 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...

Google Updates Its Privacy Policy So It's Easier to Understand

May 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After various scandals and data breaches, privacy is likely on everyone's mind these days. In that spirit, Google announced it will updating the language used in its privacy policies to be more simple and transparent, Engadget reported. The move is largely to comply with European Union's General Data Protection Regulation,...

The Future of Meetings Could Include Facial Recognition and AI

May 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft has plans to make the office meeting of the future run much differently. The company showcased a new technology prototype at its 2018 Build Developers Conference that uses facial and audio recognition combined with artificial intelligence to act as the ultimate stenographer. The device recognizes employees as they walk...

How Firefox is Moving Beyond Passwords

May 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Could this be the beginning of the end for passwords? Mozilla is releasing an updated version of its web browser, Firefox 60, on Wednesday. The new browser supports a security technology that could change the way personal security is done online, CNET reported. Called Web Authentication, or WebAuthn for short,...

Twitter Testing Out Encrypted Messaging

May 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Looking for a more private way of messaging someone on Twitter? The social media platform is currently testing out an encrypted messaging option. Developer Jane Manchun Wong discovered the evidence of this new feature inside the Twitter for Android application package, TechCrunch reports. Twitter has dubbed the feature "Secret Conversation"...