Shredders, the perfect machine for destroying confidence or individual records, but choosing the best shredder isn’t really as straightforward as you may have once thought.
For example, if you run a business and are dealing with any sensitive personal information, there is a minimum shred size you have to abide.
The variety of shredders than can be used to destroy your documents is pretty wide and depending on your circumstances, different shredders can be far more useful than others. Your identity is a valuable commodity and should be protected like you would any other treasured item.
One simple step to cut down your vulnerability is investing in a shredder. Bank records, bills, receipts, credit card slips, and wage packets contain all the information needed for a fraudster to build a profile of you.
With a shredder, you can safely destroy sensitive material that otherwise could be used by criminals to piece together a picture of you and impersonate an element of your life.
So what type of shredder is most suitable for you?
Normally, you want to keep your files as protected as possible and depending on your environment, different shredders offer several benefits to aid destroying sensitive information.
Strip cut– The standard line cut know as P1 Grade. These shredders are the most basic form of security, stripping paper into about 33 sheets of lines. They are ideal for destroying nonsensitive data.
You can also get P2 Grade which is basically a thinner strip cut, usually about 4mm wide and cut into 55 pieces.
Although strip cut will destroy the paper, these pieces can be easily pieced back together by criminals using computer software. These shredders are not recommended for information deemed sensitive. It’s advisable to only use strip cut shredders for destroying unusable paper.
Cross Cut – Cross cut shredders, P3 Grade, are a level above strip cut shredders as they will cut the paper both horizontally and vertically- Hence cross cut.
Depending on what security level you purchase, cross cut shredders will cut paper to around 300 pieces, that’s 10 times more than a strip shredder.
Micro Cut– Micro cut, P4 Grades are one of the finest cuts you can find for commercialized shredders. The Micro cut works like a cross cut shredder but with far finer shreds.
A4 paper is obliterated into anywhere between 2,000 and 6,000 pieces of confetti and is virtually impossible to piece back together. On many machines, individual letters cannot be made out after just one cut. Micro-cut shredders are perfect for highly confidential documents and commercial use.
Check out some of the options you have when buying a shredder
This cross cut shredder from Fellows is 100% jam proof and has safety in mind. The 99CL features SafeSense Technology which immediately stops shredding when hands come into contact with the paper entry, it’s also ultra-quite with SilentShred Technology minimizing disruption to shared workspaces. The shredder can cut up to 17 sheets at a time, turning the paper into 3cm2 confetti.
The Fellows 425ci is a cross cut shredder designed for larger office use. The Jam Proof shredder can destroy 28-30 sheets at a time, turning A4 paper in 4x30mm cuts with ease. Its continuous duty motor allows full 24-hour shredding meaning ultimate efficiency is possible, no need to slow down in a busy office. The 425ci will also shred CDs/DVDs, Credit Cards, Staples, and Paper Clips.
The Rexel shredder is perfect for multi-office use and large-scale shredding. This Cross cut shredder can destroy whopping 500 sheets in one cycle. It can also accept up to 10 sheets per manual shred. It has a dedicated cd/business car shredding port and is self-cleaning. The shredder will helpfully remove paperclips & staples before shredding, so no need to waste time fretting about jamming the blades with a bit of metal. With security and safety in mind, the Rexel has the option of pin protected shredding and can automatically detect fingers near the blade.