Protecting Your ID: Shredding The Evidence

Protecting Your ID: Shredding The Evidence

Joel Pirela
Nov 10, 2010

You've seen the movie: An empty office with just one desk and an employee shredding the last remains of a fallen company. This may not relate to you, but there are certain documents that are important/sensitive and once they've been used, it's better to save them for a while (maybe 5-7 years?) but after that, your best option would be to shred them.

Identity theft is quickly becoming one of the most organized and costly crimes of our time. If you use a paper shredder to destroy all documents and files before discarding them, you will thank us later.

Paper shredders are a very affordable and lightweight alternative; and come in a wide variety of price ranges. Since paper/document shredding is relatively easy and inexpensive to do, we recommend it as one of the most important steps you can take to protecting your privacy, identity and your finances.

While there are companies that specialize in this type of business, it doesn't make sense for a small house. Rather buy a good paper shredder and start a more confident way of living without the worries of someone stealing your identity.

Fellowes Intellishred PS-79Ci
The manufacturer claims this model is jam-proof -- important since one of the biggest complaints about shredders in general is that they jam too easily. This unit holds up under torture tests. This paper shredder can rip up paper, CDs, credit cards, staples, and small paper clips. The only substantial complaint is the messy clean-up: The liner bag used to catch the shreds often rips on the rough interior. Safety wise, it comes with SafeSense technology, which stops the feeding mechanism when the hands are too close to the paper opening.

Staples 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder
Budget paper shredders are not often experts -- that's because you have to baby them due to their cheaper parts and plastic gears. The Staples paper shredder is no exception, but overall, this budget shredder is good. It's noisy and it doesn't jam if you're careful feeding single pages. Although the manufacturer says you can feed eight pages at once, feeding just one or two pages at a time will prevent jamming. The Staples shredder is fine if you keep your expectations realistic. It is not recommended for shredding CDs or DVDs but credit cards are okay. The bin is a 4.5 Gallon and the blades cross cut 5/32" x 1 1/4". Equipped with auto reverse jam resistance and auto start and stop.

Now, if you want to save money and workout at the same time, you can get the Think Tank Tech Hand Crank KC60053 Paper Shredder: The Ecological-Friendly Shredder!
This hand-crank paper shredder that's perfect for schools, libraries, offices and more. The KC60053 fits A4 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper and shreds them into 3 mm strips to keep your confidential information away from would-be thieves! It takes paper up to 9" wide and makes 3mm strips. Comes with a clear container and non slip pads bottom.

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