Welcome to Carlo on the Go! In this blog you will find helpful cyber defense information for mobile devices like smart phones, notebook computers, and bluetooth headsets. As with any technology, the more you know about it, the safer you can be and the more fun you can have!

Carlo

Carlo
Cyber Defender &
CyberPort Technician

Carlo is always on the go, whether it's to watch a match with his favorite team, the Antezelles, to play a spontaneous pick-up game of soccer, or to join in the latest LAN party in Cyberspace. His mobility know-how and endless energy keep him ready and able for the unique cyber defense challenges that mobility brings.

A recent graduate (class of '09), Carlo has completed his post-graduation field training in the field of cyber forensics, and returns to the Academy to take up the post of CyberPort Technician.

Favorite Quote:

To be prepared is half the victory
- Miguel Cervantes

Favorite Food:

Energy bars

Interests:

Sports, dogs, smart phones

December 6, 2010

Shop Talk: No-mo-phobia

A quick definition of this would be EXACTLY WHAT IíM GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW!

Sorry. Itís just that I lost my mobile phone yesterday and I feel like Iím missing a leg. I had everything on there! My calendar, my email, all my contacts, etc. I even blog from my phone. Now I have to sit at a desk in a crowded room instead of roaming out there in the world, communicating as I go. So frustrating! Anyway, no-mo-phobia is a made up term to describe the anxious feeling you get when you lose your mobile phone. Get it? No Mobile Phobia?

I mean, itís not like itís an actual diagnosed condition, obviously. But I guarantee if you ask anyone that usually carries their mobile phone around with them, theyíll know exactly what Iím talking about. Now if youíll excuse me, I need to find my phone!

posted by Carlo
topic: Shop Talk

November 23, 2010

Shop Talk: What is Jailbreaking?

Itís the process of freeing someone from prison illegally, duh. Just kidding!

When talking about mobile technology, jailbreaking is a way to get your device to do something that the manufacturer didnít want you to do. Usually, people jailbreak their phone in order to download programs that are unavailable to their phone the way it came when they bought it.

Although it is not illegal to jailbreak a phone, there are certain dangers. Firstly, it usually voids your warranty, so if something happens to your phone, the manufacturer doesnít have to replace it. Secondly, the phone becomes much easier for hackers to break into whatever information you have on your mobile device.

So remember, cadets, take everything into consideration before meddling with the deviceís innards!

posted by Carlo
topic: Shop Talk

October 20, 2010

Shop Talk: Mobile Phone Security

Whatís going on, cadets? You know, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, or NCSAM (Iím using Officer Wardís abbreviation), isnít just about laptops and desktop computers. I mean, if you think about it, your mobile phone is nothing more than a tiny, less-powerful computer. This is especially true when you think about smart phones! They can send e-mails, they can surf the Web, and they can get really nasty viruses just like their bigger cousins.

So how do you protect your mobile phone? The first step is being careful. Donít text or email anything private unless youíre absolutely certain the network youíre using is secure. If youíre using a smart phone, you can download anti-malware programs and even install a firewall to help keep your information safe. Even if youíre on the go, take the time to protect yourself! No one can do more to keep you safe than you can!

posted by Carlo
topic: Shop Talk

September 20, 2010

Shop Talk: Mobile Gaming

Mobile gaming is confusing. I mean, if I have a portable game system, isnít that mobile gaming? Not according to most people in the industry, apparently! To them, mobile gaming refers to games that are played on devices like mobile phones, PDAs, and handheld computers. OkayÖbut say, for example, my laptop can run some pretty serious games and I take it on a walk with me. What if I sit down during that walk and power through a few levels of my favorite MMORPG? Arenít I part of the mobile gaming community? Nope. This doesnít make sense to me, honestly.

Anyway, mobile-phone based games are becoming more and more popular as the technology running these phones becomes more powerful. With higher screen resolution and processors built to handle more data, mobile games are starting to rival more traditional games. Personally, I like the idea of a phone/computer/video game system rolled up into one device. I just wish someone would come up with a better definition of what is and isnít considered mobile gaming!

posted by Carlo
topic: Shop Talk

August 20, 2010

Mobile Devices: The Osborne 1

Imagine you want to go over to your buddyís house and do homework together on your portable computer. Youíd probably grab your laptop or your smart phone, throw it in a back pack, and go on your way like it was no big deal, right? Well if you were around in 1981, youíd be lucky if you could fit your ďportableĒ computer in the trunk of a car! The first commercially successful portable computer was the Osborne 1. It was the size of a small suitcase and weighed just under 25 pounds! Imagine lugging that down the sidewalk to your friendís house. Once you got there and opened that baby up, youíd have to do all your work on a lovely green and black five-inch screen. Luxurious, right?

I want to go back to the present!

posted by Carlo
topic: Mobile Devices

July 26, 2010

Mobile Devices: What is a Photophone?

So I was thinking Ė as long as weíre talking about old technology, letís talk about REALLY old technology! Iím not talking about the 1980ís, Iím taking about the 1880ís and the first wireless phone call. Alexander Graham Bell didnít just invent the telephone; he also invented something called the photophone (a.k.a. radiophone). While the telephone transmitted sound through electricity, a photophone sends sound through light!

Unfortunately for Bell, his photophone never caught on. Interference from things like weather and trees made reliable connectivity almost impossible. The wired telephone, on the other hand, wasnít affected by these things. Communicating through light wouldnít be reliable until the creation of fiber optic networks in the mid 20th century.

posted by Carlo
topic: Mobile Devices

June 9, 2010

Mobile Devices: What is an E-Reader?

E-readers are awesome! Theyíre basically like mp3 players for books! Imagine, instead of cramming your backpack full of novels, comic books or textbooks, you can just carry around a small, ultraportable computer with everything downloaded onto it. Some schools are even considering switching to electronic textbooks to cut down on costs and be more green.

The major downside to e-readers is that, though you buy the books, you can lose them pretty easily if you arenít careful or if you switch e-readers. If you back them up on an external hard drive, however, you should be pretty safe. Oh! I almost forgot. If you have an electronic version of a book and the publisher decides to no longer offer it as an e-book, they can take your copy away.

Despite this, e-readers are a great way to enjoy books. I love using mine while working up a sweat on my stationary bike!

posted by Carlo
topic: Mobile Devices