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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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Google Introduces New Bug Bounty

October 20, 2017 Attention all good-guy hackers, Google has a job for you. The tech giant has set up a new bug bounty program that would focus on the top Android apps found in Google's Play Store. This isn't the tech giant's first bug bounty program, but this one will pay hackers who...

How to Unlock Your Door With Your Phone

October 19, 2017 As more smart home devices enter the market, it was only a matter of time before they made it to the front door. Tech company IglooHome has introduced a smart door lock called Deadbolt 02. The lock is powered by four AA batteries and works with an app via Bluetooth,...

Apple Responds to Face ID Controversy

October 18, 2017 When Apple announced in September that the iPhone X model will use a facial recognition instead of a fingerprint scanner to unlock the device, many people had concerns about the privacy and security of this new feature. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. was one of those concerned and wrote an open...

At High-Risk for Being Hacked? Google Offers Special Security Program.

October 17, 2017 Everyone should try to stay as safe as possible online, as everyone is at risk of falling victim to a hack and almost everyone has been hacked. All tech users should create strong passwords, use two-factor authentication and be smart about what they download. But there are some people who...

The KRACK Security Flaw Affects Everyone. Yes, Even You.

October 16, 2017 Another day, another massive security flaw discovered. This time it affects everyone who uses Wi-Fi. The flaw has been dubbed KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack and it isn't associated with a specific type of hardware, instead, it has to deal with the way Wi-Fi networks are encrypted. Specifically, the vulnerability...

What NIST Suggests Instead of Passwords

October 13, 2017 It's time to switch from passwords to passphrases, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In the wake of numerous high-profile hacks, the government agency recently released a guide to creating much stronger passwords. Their main advice? Just one word won't cut it anymore. Instead, a lengthy phrase...

How Google Home Can Help You Find Your Lost Smartphone

October 12, 2017 While Apple's Find My iPhone feature can locate your device on a map almost anywhere in the world, Google Home introduced its own device-locating feature to find Androids and iPhones lost between couch cushions. The digital assistant can ring an Android phone, specifically, even if they're silenced. For that function...

How to Give Your Older iPhone a Speed Boost

October 11, 2017 If you have older iPhone, you might be tempted to upgrade to a shiny, new iPhone 8 or iPhone X. But to get a faster phone, you don't necessarily have to drop all that cash. Instead, make a few tweaks to your current iPhone to increase its speed if it's...

FCC Approves Google's Project Loon to Go to Puerto Rico

October 10, 2017 Puerto Rico is still struggling to get its communications up after being hit by Hurricane Maria. Monday's Federal Communications Commission report said around 80 percent of all cell sites on the island were still out of service. The commission on Friday announced a hurricane recovery task force, a longer-term approach...

AOL Instant Messenger to World: 'Goodbye!'

October 6, 2017 Bad news, all you AOL Instant Messenger fans. Oath, the Verizon company which owns AOL, announced that it will be shutting down the iconic messaging service on Dec. 15. AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM, began as a built-in chat application for the AOL desktop client, but then broke free as...