The Best Shredders for Tax Time and Beyond
BY TONY HOFFMAN
For every tax document you need to file or save, you’ll probably be left with half-a-dozen or so that should be junked, some of them containing sensitive financial information. Fortunately, shredders have come a long way since the days depicted in the movie Argo, in which the failure of government shredders to destroy sensitive photos played an important role. With most of today’s shredders you can be reasonably sure that your documents will be chopped up finely enough to be in no danger of being pieced together.
One way of classifying shredders is by the way they cut paper. Strip shredders, which have become uncommon because they are relatively insecure, cut sheets of paper into long strips. Cross-cut shredders chop the paper into short, thin strips. Micro-cut shredders dice paper into tiny diamonds or bits of confetti. The more thoroughly a shredder cuts the paper, the better its security will be.
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