FAQ




What is a Countermark?


The Countermark code comprises a 32 character alpha-numeric string which is easy-to-read with software and the human eye:



You use a dedicated mobile phone App, with links to the Countermark server, to read the Countermark and return the original data to the User. The Countermark fonts are optimised for machine reading and the fonts are registered designs. The name Countermark and the Countermark key symbol are registered trademarks. International patents protect the Countermark reading algorithms.

The data returned to the User’s phone currently appears as a static image which can contain words and pictures or both. In the future, the ability to send audio, video and links to social media to the User’s phone will be added.

You can print Countermarks in Latin, Chinese, Cyrillic and Katakana fonts:



How do Countermarks Work on Documents?


Countermark for Documents lets you to annotate, validate or protect all types of documentation.

You use a web interface to upload the data you want a User to see on their phone when they read a Countermark:



In its basic form, all Countermark Users can read the Countermark data to validate documentation and detect forgeries.

You can, however, also remove (cut) sensitive data from a document and replace that data with a Countermark code (paste special). The original data is held in a secure database and only made available to Countermark Users on a ‘need to know’ basis.

The Issuer can then specify the read limits possible. The read limits are independent of each other and include:



What types of data can I Countermark?


Countermark for Documents lets you to annotate, validate or protect all types of documentation.

A Countermark can show selections of visual and printed data that you want to send to a phone. The image of the Countermark code is in .png format which you can add to Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat and many other types of document. The Countermark App lets you restrict where, when and who can read the Countermark:



When you add Countermark code to a document, the Countermark operates like a hyperlink and adds data that is not apparent on the document. Examples include:


Later Countermark releases will include video and acoustic files.



What’s the difference between an Issuer, a User and Group?


Countermark personnel divide into three categories:



How do I add a Countermark code to my document?


The Issuer opens the web-based Countermark interface and removes (i.e. ‘cuts’) sensitive data from the document. He then generates a Countermark and replaces (i.e. ‘paste special’) the data with the Countermark code. The Issuer can then set Group and security access.



How do I add a User to a Group and edit Group membership details?


The User and Group dialogs have dedicated edit functions that permit the Issuer to add, view details, delete or change both individual User and Group membership details. The dialogs have tooltips with text callouts which explain terms and permitted actions.




Group Edit Dialog



What’s the difference between Public and Private?


Public and Private Countermarks have different read limit functions:



What’s the difference between Global and Geo-Locked?


When the Issuer makes a Countermark, he can set the read limit area and distance for the Countermark as follows:



What’s the difference between Perpetual and Time-Locked?


When the Issuer makes a Countermark, he can set a read limit time period for the Countermark as follows:



How do I become a Countermark User?


To become a Countermark User, ask Wessex Technology for a demonstration. Then discuss the type of Countermark User contract that best suits your product and purposes.

Contact (UK) 02392 265 109 or email info@wessextech.co.uk