How to choose a paper shredder

In a time when personal information safety is at its most vulnerable, it is only prudent for one to be wary of various paper trails left behind, as well as sensitive information he is physically disposing of. Stacks upon stacks of papers containing bank account numbers, PINs, personal data, VAT information, and bank and credit card statements fill garbage bins and containers every single day throughout the world.

So if you're reading this, it can be assumed that you've decided to invest in a paper shredder in order to protect yourself, and your sensitive information. Basic paper shredders are very inexpensive, and those intended for home use can be bought for a mere thirty-something dollars. If you are worried about your privacy and safety, there is no reason not to get one, especially at that price. But you need to make a decision whether you prefer the cheapest or the best paper shredder machine.

Choosing the right paper shredder for you is a fairly simple process. Depending on the security, the quantity, and the type of materials you will be shredding, you will choose a machine from one of the three following categories: home, office, and heavy duty shredders. Security levels are the following, ranging from least to most secure: strip-cut, cross-cut, and micro-cut. Strip-cut documents can be reassembled as the machine cuts the paper vertically, into thin strips. Most people will find the functionality and security level of a cheap home strip-cut shredder sufficient for their needs, but as soon as you start dealing with documents of greater importance, purchasing a higher security shredder with a smaller cut might be a better option.

Don't let the security of your information become a question.