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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. Or 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 privacy much good.

Having said that, what are the three types of shredding and which is the best one to go for?

Strip Cut

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.

Cross Cut

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 his hands, he could probably fit all the shreds back together like a jigsaw.

Micro Cut

This 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.

At CDDL, we prefer this method of shredding thanks to its maximum level of personal security. Find out more by visiting our What We DO page.