Get creepy with your videos Conan-style, but mind your mobile security

Apr 13, 2011
Tech

If you’ve ever wanted to make the sorts of videos Conan O’Brien made famous on his late night shows, now might be your best chance yet. Meanwhile, the founder of a major tech analyst firm shares some thoughts on better mobile business security. Security opinions as good as gold Mobile security is important enough to […]

If you’ve ever wanted to make the sorts of videos Conan O’Brien made famous on his late night shows, now might be your best chance yet. Meanwhile, the founder of a major tech analyst firm shares some thoughts on better mobile business security.

Security opinions as good as gold

Mobile security is important enough to simple folks like you and me. God forbid somebody gets a hold of my Facebook account and check out the sweet picture of me in front of the Sphinx. Joke’s on you cybercriminal, because that photo was taken in Las Vegas!

But really, people in the business world, where data with actual importance and value is exchanged on a daily basis, have much greater reason to be concerned about mobile security.

Enter Jack Gold, founder of tech analyst firm J. Gold Associates. Gold has written a guest column for VentureBeat sharing his opinions and concerns on the future of mobile security.

The column touches on numerous things that Gold believes can be done to enhance mobile security, namely a sort of “walled gardens” approach to security, as Gold calls it. In this scenario, the personal and business aspects of a mobile device would have little to no interaction, and you could have increased security with limited features on the business side, while the personal side would be more akin to your current smartphone setup.

It’s an intriguing possibility, especially if you consider the sort of money that’s at stake when it comes to the value of data. According to Gold, who cites a Ponemon Institute estimation, “it costs a company $258 to remediate each lost personally identifiable record.” Now, roughly 250 bucks doesn’t sound like much, but take one record and multiply it by thousands upon thousands for each strand of recorded data that you maybe should have left behind, and we’re talking about some serious cash. Interesting food for thought, at least.

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VideoMask gets you one step closer to doing Conan bits in your living room

You know those weird segments that Conan O’Brien has done over the years where he’ll interview a famous person but it’s really just a stock photo of them with someone else’s mouth moving over the picture?

That may not be so difficult to do anymore because TechCrunch has a write-up on soon-to-be-released app VideoMask which lets you take a picture on your iPhone and then use it as the background for a video where your lips will replace those in your photo. Yes, finally the future is here the way we always intended it.

It should be noted that something similar is already available in the App Store under the name FaceJack, but that looks a lot closer to the sort of mouth-movement seen from South Park characters Terrance & Phillip.

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Dan Kricke

Dan Kricke has been playing with electronics and writing about them for years. He loved his Sega Dreamcast and now the PlayStation 3. On the iPhone, he's a fan of sports apps and anything that offers new music.

 

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