For those of you that pay attention to identity theft news know the importance of destroying documents that could have sensitive information on them. Is just shredding your documents enough? Which shredder should you buy? One that cuts documents into strips or one that cut documents into squares. Could someone if they really wanted to put your documents back together?
I know this sounds ridiculous but people have been known to put together shredded documents to get the private information off of them. I know what you might be thinking who would do that? Meth addicts thats who. Believe it or not identity theft rings have been known to employ meth addicts to dumpster dive and get document and put them back together. In return they get the drugs they are addicted to. Meth addicts can stay up for days at a time and can stay focused for long periods of time.
All this is to say that just because you cut your documents into strips doesn’t mean they are safe. The advantage of a cross-cut shredder is that it cuts your documents vertical and horizontal. This turns your documents into confetti which is considerably harder to put back together than the strips. If you are really serious about keeping your documents secure after shredding them a cross-cut shredder would be a good step in that direction.