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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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Uber Decided It Won't Track You...As Much

August 29, 2017 Ride-sharing company Uber is killing a tracking feature that some have criticized as invasive, the company's security chief John Sullivan told Reuters on Tuesday. The feature, which was rolled out in December, let users choose whether they wanted location tracking to be always on or always off. The on option...

How to Set Up Emergency Contacts On Your Smartphone

August 28, 2017 As Hurricane Harvey leaves Houston in its wake, the devastation serves as a reminder to set up emergency preparedness plans before disaster strikes. One way to do that is to establish an official emergency contact on your smartphone that can be accessed without having to unlock the device. Whether you're...

The Hidden Features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

August 25, 2017 Samsung recently announced their latest smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8. It's a very large phone with a 6.3-inch screen and it comes with updated specs and has a safer battery. This device also comes with some minor features that have a big impact. The Note 8 comes equipped with a...

Company Places Bounty on WhatsApp and Signal Bugs

August 24, 2017 More than 1 billion people looking to keep their conversations private rely on encrypted apps like WhatsApp and Signal. But all those people—including government employees—and their sensitive communications could be at risk. A company that specializes in discovering and selling zero-day exploits has its sights set on the two apps....

The Supercharged Facial Recognition of the Iphone 8

August 23, 2017 If you're concerned about the growing power of biometrics, the iPhone 8 may not be the smartphone for you The latest version of the iPhone is expected to launch in September and will feature updated tech that improves the device's speed and efficiency. But there will also be a significant...

Take a Bite Out of Android Oreo

August 22, 2017 The title of the latest Android operating system is here, and it sounds like it would be delicious dunked in a glass of milk. Google timed the announcement of the name Oreo to coincide with Monday's solar eclipse at an event held in New York City. But more important than...

How to Preview the Unreleased Version of Firefox

August 21, 2017 Is it time for a browser update? Mozilla is currently developing the latest iteration of their browser, Firefox 57, but internet users can download a preview dubbed "Firefox Nightly" to see what they can expect. So whether you have been clinging to an outdated version of Internet Explorer or you're...

Big Changes Are Coming to Microsoft Outlook

August 10, 2017 Outlook users, rejoice! Microsoft recently launched a beta version of their email service. If you're using Outlook currently, keep an eye out for some big changes, as well as some fun new details. Most importantly, Microsoft says they are "implementing a more responsive web development framework." For the user, this...

Simple Ways to Improve Your Wi-Fi

August 9, 2017 Wi-Fi feels like an essential component of everyday life. Having a strong connection can determine whether that video conference call goes well or if you win the next round of your online game. While a lot of what determines a good connection is out of your control (such as your...

Are You Ready for the Big Changes Coming to the iPhone?

August 8, 2017 Apple will officially release its new operating system for the iPhone, the iOS 11, sometime this fall. As with any operating system upgrade, there will be plenty of changes—both big and small—to your phone. The big changes are what most iPhone users are most concerned about, however. Once the iOS...