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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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Here's How Many Bad Ads Google Purged From The Web Last Year

March 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bad advertising is the scourge of the internet. Though it is a Sisyphean task, Google, along with the rest of the tech industry, has been working on reducing it. Google announced Wednesday the company removed 3.2 billion bad ads in 2017. That's almost twice as many in 2016, where the...

Microsoft Still Fixing Spectre and Meltdown Flaws

March 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You may remember the news at the very beginning of 2018 about some very big and very scary security vulnerabilities called Meltdown and Spectre. Microsoft hasn't forgotten either, and the tech giant is still on a quest to secure its customers against them, Engadget reports. More than a billion PCs...

TSA Sued Over Electronic Devices Screenings

March 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tired of dealing with stricter electronics screenings at airport security? You're not alone. The Transportation Security Administration began a stricter screening process for domestic travelers' electronic devices last year. The American Civil Liberties Union feels that the agency did not give enough information about why and how this decision was...

This Tricky Malware Has Been Lying in Wait

March 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A particularly potent strain of malware was discovered by researchers at Kaspersky Lab, reports Ars Technica. Despite being active since 2012, the malware has remained hidden despite infecting at least 100 users around the world, including individuals and institutions. Kaspersky researchers said the malware is likely state-sponsored with some text...

British Airways To Expand Boarding Gate Biometrics

March 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow British Airways is expanding testing of its biometric boarding gates in the U.S. The airline began its testing last November in Los Angeles, specifically on passengers flying out of LAX on British Airways flights to Heathrow airport in London, according to Engadget. Now, the testing will expand to Orlando International...

Google Will Soon Let You Easily Download All of Your Chrome Passwords

March 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you use Google Chrome and want to get your passwords and personal security in order, there is a new feature that can help you. Google is coming out with a new tool that lets users export all of their saved passwords in a text file in just a few...

White House Wants To Let Law Enforcement Bring Down Civilian Drones

March 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Big changes may be coming for amateur drone pilots and hobbyists. The White House is planning to request that law enforcement be able to track and shoot down civilian drones if necessary, according to federal Deputy Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios. This initiative has been in development for months and...

How to Turn Off Facebook's Facial Recognition

March 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facial recognition has existed on Facebook since 2013, where it was initially used to suggest friends for tagging in users photos. Since then, the social media giant has expanded its facial recognition features, most recently in December. This souped-up facial recognition is designed to recognize your face when it's posted...

Hackers Figured Out a Way to Demand Ransom Without Sending Email

March 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Security researchers noticed a new twist in a recent spate of distributed denial-of-service attacks—when servers are overwhelmed to knock a site or service offline. This rash of incidents, known as memcached reflection attacks, have included ransom demands hidden within the attack payload, internet services company Akamai researchers revealed in a...

Could This Alliance Finally Improve In-Flight Internet?

March 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On a long flight, it can be frustrating without reliable internet. Whether you need to get work done for your business trip or you just need help staving off boredom, an internet connection feels essential these days. That is why airline and telecom companies Airbus, Delta, OneWeb, Sprint and Airtel...