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February 20, 2019

Why Commercial Paper Shredders Aren’t Good Enough

When you have documents that contain sensitive personal or business information, it’s important to protect the security of that information and prevent unauthorized access by shredding documents rather than throwing them into the garbage can or recycle bin.

The question is: is using a consumer-type paper shredder to shred your documents good enough?

The answer, unfortunately, is probably not.

Low-end paper shredders that you can buy in any office store typically use the strip shredding method to destroy documents, which cuts paper into long, narrow strips of paper. While using this method is certainly better than throwing documents away intact, it creates narrow, regular strips that can be reconstructed with time and patience, and can leave portions of information still visible. That means a strip-cut shredder does not offer foolproof (or criminal-proof) protection of the confidential information in your documents.

Higher-end office shredders use the cross-cut shredding method, which cuts documents both vertically and horizontally, resulting in small rectangular bits of paper that are much more difficult, though not impossible, to read or reconstruct. In a review of the highest-rated cross-cut shredder on Amazon, one reviewer wrote that “if you feed standard, horizontal ‘landscape’ reports into the shredder in a vertical ‘portrait’ way, the pieces are so long that you can clearly read complete numbers, account descriptions and codes, and names attached to specific accounts.”

In addition to the type of shredding they use, commercial or consumer paper shredders can also pose other problems.

So what’s the solution? Professional shredding from a reputable company like PROSHRED® Denver, which uses the most secure form of shredding, recycles all the paper it shreds, provides a Certificate of Destruction as evidence of your compliance, and comes right to your office to take care of all of your shredding requirements, which saves you time and improves office efficiency.

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