Low Tech Hi Tech: Anti-Copy Paper

I usually only cover things that deal with bits and bytes, but I couldn’t resist sharing this tid-bit of information with you. For those who need to ensure the confidentiality of their paper documents Boise Paper has partnered with Office Depot, to make available for all special paper with “anti-copy” features.
Boise BEWARE(TM) Security Paper features a hidden word that appears on reproductions each time the security paper is copied, faxed, or scanned.
Nationwide, business losses due to document fraud and counterfeiting exceed $400 billion each year, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. And more than 600,000 consumers reported more than $500 million in losses from fraud in 2004, according to a database developed and maintained by the Federal Trade Commission. Boise BEWARE Security Paper helps to protect both businesses and consumers from being victimized by fraud.
Previously available only to businesses, OfficeMax is making Boise BEWARE Security Paper available in stores to help its small business and retail customers protect documents that they print in-house.
Boise BEWARE Security Paper features Authentiguard(TM) Pantograph 4000, a hidden word technology developed by Document Security Systems, Inc. that shows up only when the paper is reproduced. Two versions of the security paper are available exclusively at OfficeMax stores nationwide, including one for legal documents such as wills and certificates of authenticity that will feature the word “COPY.” A second business version can be used for documents such as coupons, gift certificates, and rebate offers, and will feature the words “UNAUTHORIZED COPY.”
“Identity theft and fraud is a detrimental problem that affects everyone — from Fortune 500 companies and small business owners, to families with legal documents,” said Ryan Vero of OfficeMax. “OfficeMax is committed to providing the latest technology and resources available to all of our customers, in an effort to help fight this growing problem.”

One thought on “Low Tech Hi Tech: Anti-Copy Paper

  1. Noal Phillips

    While Boise and OfficeMax have done a good job in marketing this paper there are two major issues inherent in the product they are selling as “security paper”. One is that this truly only a “copy-evident” technology that marginally works on standard copiers. A person intent on re-creating a document produced on this stock could easily do so by adjusting a few copier settings or even better by desktop counterfeiting with a budget scanner and software to eliminate the optical VOID from showing. Secondly, the same reason the government controls the substrate and technology which negotiable documents are created on is because if someone was to attain the blank product then counterfeiting becomes even easier. Without a chain of custody or control of the product then it becomes available to everyone. They have traded true security for their own profits. Boise and OfficeMax have lulled the consumer into a secure feeling when buying this product for certificates, legal documents, etc. when all someone has to do is go down and pick up the same blank product and easily recreate the document. A true security “anti-copy” document starts with a protected substrate and further verifiers for the point of presentment to detect the original or a fraud. This product marginalizes the security document market and borders on a novelty.
    Noal Phillips
    Security Litho

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