Shredding is a preferred way to deter identity thieves. The shredder industry is constantly making improvements to products to help with security.
Confetti cut (or micro-cut) shredders shred paper into small pieces of confetti. This confetti can range in size from dime-size pieces to needle-point pieces.
A crosscut shredder cuts pieces several times. This happens because the blades in the shredder are placed to intersect with the paper several times, leaving you with small strips of paper.
Confetti cut shredders are ideal for highly sensitive documents because they’re impossible to put back together. These shredders are often preferred for business use.
Crosscut shredders are ideal for the home. It’s almost impossible to put the pieces of paper back together, making it appropriate for sensitive documents.
Other Things to Shred
Some models of these types of shredders are able to cut through compact discs and credit cards. Refer to the shredder’s manual for other instructions and warnings.