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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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Don't Take the Bait: Tips to Avoid Getting Phished

June 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many people trying to stay secure online have likely heard vague advice about how do so. Experts will advise tech users to "avoid suspicious emails and phishing attempts" that can invite malware and more onto their devices. But there's more to avoiding a phishing attack than just steering clear of...

When Being Awesome Can Help Kids Become Cyber Savvy

June 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Adults often have trouble keeping themselves secure online, so imagine the trouble a kid can get into: clicking on suspicious links, choosing weak passwords and unwittingly sharing sensitive information on social media. To combat this, tech company Google has developed an interactive, online program dubbed Be Internet Awesome to teach...

Safari Browser to Offer Privacy Features

June 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Along with some new MacBook laptops and a new iPad, Apple announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference it is making some changes to its Safari web browser. The updated Safari will be a part of Apple's new operating system High Sierra. The new and improved browser will have a speed...

These Smart Gloves Can Translate Sign Language

June 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Language translation technology is a field currently undergoing a lot of development, but what about a nonverbal language like sign language? Taiwanese company Yingmi Tech has developed a potential solution: smart gloves that translate sign language to text. The company demonstrated a prototype of the gloves at the Computex technology...

Intel Introduces an Extreme Processor

June 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are you doing some multitasking on the computer and need some extreme computing power? Well, you're in luck. Intel recently introduced at the Computex technology show in Taipai a new series of processors known as the X-series. And X stand for extreme. For the basic processors in the series that...

This Tiny Device Could Keep Your Smart Home Safer

May 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While smart homes are not quite as ubiquitous as air conditioning yet, internet of things devices are becoming more common. One estimate from Gartner says there will be more than 8 billion connected devices in the internet of everything by the end of 2017. These smart devices can control and...

Start Summer with a Digital Cleanse

May 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The apps and data on your devices build up faster than you think, slowing down performance and building a valuable trove of personal information for hackers. Keeping your devices clutter-free not only frees up storage space and helps them to run smoothly. It can also keep users more secure online....

One Way to Hide Your Data from Digital Border Searches

May 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Password manager service 1Password has introduced a new feature designed to protect the privacy of people traveling abroad. The Trump administration has attempted to introduce new security procedures for people coming into the United States, such as requiring them to hand over their smartphones as well as social media and...

How Apple Watches Could Detect a Stroke

May 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As connected devices become more integrated into our lives, researchers are developing ways these gadgets can help keep users healthy. The Apple Watch currently has a basic heart rate sensor to monitor a wearer's pulse during exercise. The sensor works by beaming green LED light into the user's skin and...

Apple Wants to Teach You How to Code Apps

May 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple is stepping into college classrooms. The tech giant has developed a curriculum to teach high school and community college students how to code and build apps for computers and smartphones using Apple's own coding language Swift. Swift is open source, but primarily used to create iOS apps, so Apple...