Level 1: This is designed for low-level document
destruction, such as general internal documents where nothing
especially confidential is shared. The strips that are created range
from three eighths of an inch to a half inch. Cuts can either be
straight, or cross cut.
Level 2: When you regularly need to destroy sensitive
company information or personal documents, you will need a machine that
is capable of level 2 security. In straight cut machines, this means
that the strips of paper that are produced are one eighth to one
quarter inch wide. For cross cut machines, the dimensions are as small
as three eights of an inch by an inch and a half.
Level 3: When the personal or business documents you
need to destroy are what could be considered confidential, you will
want to find a machine that is classified as a level 3. To fit this
category, a strip cut machine must produce shreds that are no wider
than one sixteenth of an inch. For confetti cut models (another name
for cross-cut) this means that the shreds can range from an eighth inch
by two inches to a quarter inch by two inches. Level 3 is the lowest
security level that complies with federal regulations for the
destruction of personal information derived from consumer reports.
Level 4: If you regularly need to destroy documents
that are crucial to your company’s existence, you will want to have a
level 4 paper shredder on hand. Only cross cut machines fit into this
classification, and they must cut documents into shreds no bigger than
one sixteenth inch by five eighths of an inch.
Level 5: This is where we start getting into security
levels that are required by government offices and for important
research. The cross cut dimensions are one thirty second of an inch by
seven sixteenths of an inch.
Level 6: This is the level of security that is for
what the government would call “top secret,” and is required by
agencies such as the NSA and the Department of Defense (DOD). Although
these machines offer the highest security, they may be a little extreme
and expensive for the needs of the average business. These shredders
produce such small particles that they are slower and require
additional oiling to ensure optimal shredding performance.
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