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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Ransomware is On the Rise and Getting More Expensive

April 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Incidents of ransomware are becoming more frequent and the cost is rising. According to Verizon's 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, it's the fifth most common form of malware. Ransomware targets private citizens, retailers and hospitals but the government also ends up in the crosshairs. In 2016, ransomware on government agencies...

How to Stop Services from Snooping on Your Gmail

April 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the wake of the huge Uber and scandal, people have a lot of questions. The scandal revealed that Uber was buying access to the emails of people subscribed to, a service designed to declutter inboxes. Specifically, many are wondering what else may be lurking in inboxes and...

Record-Breaking NASA Astronaut Chats With President About Unusual Drinking Habits

April 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Astronaut and Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson has achieved a milestone. On April 24, Whitson officially broke the record for most cumulative days on orbit by a U.S. astronaut: 534 days and counting. To commemorate the event, as per tradition, President Donald Trump, called the International Space Station to congratulate...

How to Slingshot a Spacecraft Between Saturn's Rings and Crash It

April 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting around Saturn and its moons, collecting data for nearly 13 years. The time has come for Cassini to wrap up its mission, as it will soon run out of fuel. NASA scientists are concerned that if left unchecked the spacecraft will crash into one...

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,...

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