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The Protected Papers Report

What is a protected paper?

A  sheet of ordinary paper designed to be used just as you would plain white paper, but it contains along with several other attributes, a layer of technology in a light color hue that is designed to reveal a robust warning message to the user when an attempt to copy or desktop scan the sheet. This technology layer is the ongoing work of a team of inventors that began to explore how to thwart currency counterfeiting back in 1983.

Crime of the month

“An altered or cloned physical document is often the nucleus of financial crimes”

Secure fact of the month….

 Did you know….?

Under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, Public Law 108-458, December 17, 2004, § 7211(b)(3)(A), 118 Stat. 3826, reprinted in the Official Notes to 5 USC § 301, all states are required to issue their birth certificates on "safety paper" which is "designed to prevent tampering, counterfeiting, or otherwise duplicating the birth certificate for fraudulent purposes."

Why not every document you value?

28 years ago   /    “Made in the USA”

History – Protected Papers was originated in 1992 in the imaging capital of the world - Rochester, New York - as a way to reformulate what we had earlier invented to protect checks and tickets and utilize the technology in a larger format designed for universal use as a “paper”. This original paper not only deterred duplication by presenting a warning message when copied, but also carried forensic features that could be relied on for court purposes. As time went on, our research efforts resulted in a new level of protection that we built-into the paper to thwart duplication from desktop scanners as they evolved as the counterfeiter’s main tool in the 1990’s. This research effort continues today as we work globally with both emerging copier and desktop scanner devices and document investigators.


The Protected Paper line of DeterX security paper is utilized around the world to protect the integrity of all types of documents such as certificates, academic records, coupons and prescription scripts, just to name a few.

With the increasing vulnerability of digital documents in their organizations and on the internet, numerous large entities have “gone back to paper” as a way to safeguard their data. We have met this challenge by providing custom designed security papers engineered to not only carry and protect the visible data but also display visible evidence of any attempted alteration.

Tomorrow - Look for upcoming issues of the Protected Paper’s report…

Future highlights:

- Use cases 

- How CUSTOM can you get?

- What does archival mean

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