Shredding paper is exceptionally easy once you buy a shredder. All you have to do is feed the piece of paper into the machine and watch as it transforms into confetti, spaghetti, or whatever shape your shredder tends to cut the paper into.
See, there are a few ways paper can be shredded. On the surface, it might not matter as the paper is torn up anyway, right? Well, no. Depending on the type of shred, you probably aren’t doing your confidential waste much good.
Having said that, let’s take a look at the three types of shredding and which is the best one to go for for.
Strip cut shredding is fairly straightforward. It cuts your paper vertically into many different narrow strips so that it resembles (you guessed it!) spaghetti. Even to the untrained eye, it’s easy to tell this kind of shredding is pretty much useless.
If you can reassemble the parts of that document or, worse, tell what’s written on it even at a glance, then a strip cut is not for you. It certainly does not make things secure. This type of shredding might be ideal for old notebooks or shopping lists, but you wouldn’t want to use Strip Cut Shredder for shredding your bank statements or client information.
Better than the strip cut, though it can still be reassembled given time and resources, this shredding type tends to cut your paper into smaller, narrow shreds, making it harder to tell what it used to be but still pretty much legible.
This is the most common form of paper shredding and it tends to be enough for most people. However, as we said, if a potential fraudster has time on their hands, they could probably fit all the shreds back together like a jigsaw.
Micro Cut is by far the best kind of shredding. Machines that use the micro cut reduce your documents to minuscule remnants, making it impossible for would-be thieves to put it back together again.
Once fed through a shredder, a micro cut document should resemble a small pile of truly confetti-sized pieces. The drawback here, however, is that it’s much slower than the strip or crosscut. Nevertheless, sensitive information should be handled correctly and when it comes to protecting your data, you don’t want to take any chances.
At CDDL, we prefer this method of destruction thanks to its maximum level of personal security. Thoughroughly shredding your documents will help prevent any data breaches for your company or clients.