Which Shredder is Right for You?




There are many reasons to purchase a shredder. Perhaps your business regularly has confidential documents that need destruction, or maybe you are doing some spring cleaning and have some old paperwork that needs to be shred. Whatever the case may be, there are various factors to consider before selecting the right shredder.

Is the shredder required for a home office or for a workplace?

A desktop shredder is usually appropriate for a home office and is a more manageable size. You want something small and sleek, that won't take up too much space. A workplace on the other hand may require a larger shredder that has the capacity to hold more shred volume since multiple employees will likely be using it. For the workplace you may also want to select a shredder with quiet operation, in order to minimize noise. In addition, for a home office you may want to look into purchasing a shredder with an Energy Management Control System, in order to reduce power consumption.

What type of materials are you planning to shred?

Some shredders only shred paper, whereas others shred a variety of sensitive materials. These may include: Paper, Staples & Paper Clips, CDs & DVDs, Discs and USB Sticks. It is important to check the cutting capabilities of the shredder before purchasing to ensure it can handle the items you plan to shred.

How confidential is the data on the items you will be shredding?

Each shredder has a specific security level according to the DIN66399 standard. It is important to select a shredder with the appropriate security level. This is dependent on the type of data you will be shredding and how it will need to be rendered. Two significant areas to look at to determine if the shredder will be secure enough for your type of shredding are the Cutting Type and the Security Level.

Cutting Type

Strip Cut: Suitable for general documents not normally considered confidential. E.g. Newspapers or magazines.

Cross Cut:
Suitable for printed and digital media with confidential and sensitive data, as well as personal data subject to protection requirements. E.g. company sales reports, personal documents, quotes, orders, pay stubs, bank statements, medical records.

Micro Cut:
Used for printed and digital media with confidential data of fundamental importance for a person, company or institution. E.g. Patents, construction documents, strategic papers, business plans, competitor analysis, process documentation.

The 7 Security Levels

Level 1
: Best for general documents to be rendered illegible or invalidated.
Level 2: Best for internal documents to be rendered illegible or invalidated.
Level 3: Best for data media with sensitive and confidential data as well as personal data subject to high protection requirements.
Level 4: Data media with highly sensitive and confidential data as well as personal data subject to high protection requirements.
Level 5: Best for media with confidential information of fundamental importance for person, company, or institution.
Level 6: Data media with confidential documents in the case of security precautions (e.g. research and development documents, official areas, etc.).
Level 7: For strictly confidential data with the highest security precautions.

 

To give you an idea of what you can expect after the paper is shred, here is an overview of paper particle shred sizes pertaining to each security level.
 

Paper Particle Shred Sizes

Level P-1: ≤12 mm wide strips of any length
Level P-2: ≤6 mm wide strips of any length
Level P-3: ≤2 mm wide strips of any length or ≤320 mm² particles (of any width)
Level P-4: ≤160 mm² particles with width ≤ 6 mm
Level P-5: ≤30 mm² particles with width ≤ 2 mm
Level P-6: ≤10 mm² particles with width ≤ 1 mm
Level P-7: ≤5 mm² particles with width ≤ 1 mm