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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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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...

Nearly Half the World Uses Social Media, Report Says

August 7, 2017 While it may seem like everyone in the world is on social media, it's only about 40 percent. About 3.8 billion people in the world have access to the internet and 3 billion people use social media, which means most of the people who are connected are also connecting on...

FCC Plans to Spend Billions on Rural Broadband

August 7, 2017 Twenty-three million Americans don't have access to broadband internet, according to the Federal Communication Commission's 2016 Broadband Progress Report. To help change these numbers, starting in 2018, the FCC plans to shell out $2 billion over the next decade to bring broadband access to more remote parts of the country....

FCC to Spend Billions to Bring the Broadband to Rural America

August 4, 2017 Twenty-three million Americans don't have access to broadband internet, according to the Federal Communication Commission's 2016 Broadband Progress Report. To help change these numbers, starting in 2018, the FCC plans to shell out $2 billion over the next decade to bring broadband access to more remote parts of the country....

Your Amazon Echo Could Be Listening—And Not Just for Commands

August 3, 2017 Amazon Echo, the very popular home gadget, was designed to help people with daily tasks and chores. But this innocent digital assistant can be tampered with to do some nefarious things, one security researcher discovered. Security firm MWR InfoSecurity revealed that one of its researchers gained access to an Echo's...

Amazon Ditches Phone Filled with Spyware

August 2, 2017 Until recently, the Blu R1 HD was the best-selling phone on Amazon: It ran Android software and had an affordable price of around $60. But Amazon has recently stopped selling the phone along with other Blu phones due to security concerns. These concerns were laid out in report from Kryptowire...

Are You Doing Two-Factor Authentication Right?

August 2, 2017 Combined with a strong password, two-factor verification is a highly recommended practice for those who want to stay secure online. One of the most popular forms of two-factor verification requires correctly inputting a user name and password, plus an additional six-digit code sent via text message to a phone associated...

Time to Choose a Password Manager

July 31, 2017 Many security experts say having strong passwords is a crucial component to staying secure online. One way to do that is to use a password manager, a service that helps keep track of logins from across the internet, from important financial accounts to that fantasy football league. If you decide...

NASA Robot Trains for the Dark Side of the Moon

July 28, 2017 NASA took to Facebook Live on Wednesday to show off the agency's new Resource Prospector moon rover and to discuss future lunar missions. This rover, currently in development at NASA's Ames Research Center in California, will be looking for water, exploring the moons polar regions and scouting locations for future...