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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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Hey Tech Support Scams, Google Is On To You

September 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Staying safe online has never been easy, and it's even more difficult when you're parsing through ads for a tech support service to trust. Fraudsters often advertise using Google ads, which makes parsing the genuine businesses from the bogus schemes even more difficult. Google has decided to take action, CNET...

NASA Is Waiting for the Opportunity Rover to Phone Home

August 31, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Much like a pair of worried parents, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is waiting anxiously for the Mars Opportunity rover to call home. The NASA JPL team last heard from the Mars rover on June 10 before a dust storm enveloped it. NASA now believes the storm is clearing and the...

What WhatsApp Users Need to Know about Google Drive Backups

August 30, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Users of the Android version of WhatsApp will soon be able to back up their messages to their Google Drive without it counting toward their storage quota. The service is free and is available starting Nov. 12, but there's a catch. If you back up your messages, they will no...

Cryptocurrency Passwords Can Now Be Stored in DNA

August 29, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For those who have amassed a small fortune trading cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Monero, keeping that money safe is of the utmost importance. Should you store your password for the currency on a hard drive? That's one way. But a startup called Carverr has a more organic solution: storing it...

Need a Website Read Aloud? Google Go Has Your Back

August 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last year, Google introduced Google Go, a data-light search app designed for emerging markets. Now the company has made some improvements to it. The tech giant announced Tuesday that the search app now has an artificial intelligence-powered ability to read web pages in 28 different languages. It uses minimal cellular...

Facebook's VPN App Pulled From Apple Store For Privacy Violations

August 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook has once again found itself in a privacy pickle. The company had to pull one of its apps, Onavo Protect, from the Apple store for violating Apple's privacy guidelines. Onavo Protect is a free-to-download app that claims to improve user privacy and block harmful websites. But in order to...

NASA App Lets You Explore the Stars Using VR

August 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most government apps are designed practicality in mind, typically with the goal of giving people useful information from agencies. NASA released two new apps on Wednesday, and both are geared more toward fun than function. Both apps were created as part of the 15th-anniversary celebration of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope....

Everyone Worries They're On Their Phone Too Much, According to Pew Report

August 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Smartphone addiction is a growing problem, and many people are worried by how much time they spend staring at a screen. Teens and parents are especially concerned, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. Specifically, Pew surveyed 743 U.S. teens and 1,058 U.S. parents of teens, from March...

Here's Why You Should Be Using a VPN

August 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Getting tired of tech companies tracking every single thing you do and sharing all of your data? It may seem like you're fighting a losing battle, but one thing you can do is use a virtual private network. When you use a VPN, some of your data will still be...

Gmail's Confidential Mode Now Available For Mobile

August 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Google unveiled its updated version of Gmail in April, it included a new feature called Confidential mode. The security feature used a form of disappearing messages. Users can put an expiration date in an email and even revoke emails they have previously sent. While the initial rollout included both...