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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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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...

TSA Announces Stricter Electronics Screening Rules

July 27, 2017 Attention travelers! Going through the security lines at airports is about to become more arduous. The Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday electronic devices larger than a smartphone will be subject to new screening rules. Previously, travelers only had to remove laptop computers and place them in a separate bin during...

Which Digital Assistant Reigns Supreme?

July 26, 2017 Digital assistants are a growing presence on our laptops, smartphones and other devices. They're even powering our cutting-edge robots. Each power player in the tech industry has their own digital assistant with a friendly personality and the ability to conquer basic tasks. Apple's Siri for iOS 11, Google Assistant and...

Google's SOS Alerts Can Help You During An Emergency

July 25, 2017 Most questions you type into Google's search engine aren’t a matter of life or death. Searches for the nearest Chipotle or Tom Hanks' filmography aren't too pressing, for instance. A search for the nearest emergency room in the middle of an earthquake, however, is far more urgent. Google announced Tuesday...

Windows 10 Users, Here's How to Increase Your Privacy

July 24, 2017 Desktops and laptop computers can do lot more these days than run Microsoft Office and play Minesweeper, including broadcast your location. For Windows 10 users concerned about privacy, there are a few things you can do to make your trusted computer more trustworthy. Windows 10 features the digital assistant Cortana...

A Tiny Japanese Robot Rolls Onboard the Space Station

July 24, 2017 The astronauts aboard the International Space Station have a new roommate, but he doesn't take up much space. The new addition is a camera drone, known as the Int-ball. Developed by Japan's space agency, JAXA, the Int-ball was manufactured entirely through 3-D printing and looks like something out of a...

It's Time to Update Your iPhone

July 21, 2017 While many people are anxiously awaiting iOS 11 and all the cool features it will come with, they may not have noticed that Apple released a new update to make their phones more secure. The update, iOS 10.3.3, was released on July 19 and makes changes to your phone's contacts,...

Google Can Now Help You Recruit Employees

July 19, 2017 On Tuesday, Google introduced a new recruitment service specifically designed to help organizations with their internal recruitment process. The service, named Hire, specifically is designed to manage prospective applicants, and collaborate on hiring decisions. Hire will be part of Google's G Suite, which includes Gmail and Google Calendar, and is...