Sensitive and personal documents should have a secure means of shredding or destroying the documents before disposal to prevent others from misusing the information. Paper shredders make document destruction a simple task. It's not only used for paper documents but it is also can be used for data disks and plastic credit cards. Homes and small offices may require only a lightweight unit that shreds documents into reasonably secure pieces, while large business may need a heavy-duty shredder and high-security industries may need a high volume unit that produces the tiniest shreds possible.
Document destruction helps protect people against identity theft and other use of classifed or secure documents. These include bank statements, receipts, credit card information and other sensitive data. Smaller shreds mean higher level levels of security. It minimizes the chance that someone could put two or more pieces of information together.
There are type of shredders that serve different needs for document destruction. Lightweight shredders for general home or office use have the advantages of simple operation and portability, but may shred paper relatively slowly. Heavy-duty shredders provide security and speed for industrial use. Other types of industrial shredders allow for the destruction of cardboard, paper slabs and books.