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Guide to Shredder Security Levels

Paper Shredders can be categorized into "Security Levels" based on the size of shred they create. Below is a listing of the six recognized security levels, from most secure to least secure, alogn with images of the sizes of shred for each category.

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Security Level 6
Cross Cut 1mm x 5mm (approximately 1/26" x 1/5")
  • The latest security level backed by the U.S. government. Ultra secure shredding for the most sensitive documents.
  • Cross Cut 1mm x 5mm (approximately 1/26" x 1/5")
Security Level 5
Cross-Cut 1/32" x 1/2" Security Level 5
  • Approved by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Canadian R.C.M.P. for top secret shredding.
  • Cross-Cut 1/32" x 1/2"
Security Level 4
Cross-Cut 1/16" x 5/8" Security Level 4
  • For shredding of secret documents.
  • Cross-Cut 1/16" x 5/8"
Security Level 3
  • For shredding confidential documents.
  • Cross-Cut 1/8" x 1-1/8"
Strip-Cut 1/8" Security Level 3
  • For shredding confidential documents.
  • Strip-Cut 1/16"
Cross-Cut 1/8" x 1-1/8" Security Level 3
Security Level 2
Strip-Cut 1/4" Security Level 2
  • For shredding sensitive internal documents.
  • Strip-Cut 1/8"
  • For shredding sensitive internal documents.
  • Strip-Cut 1/4"
Explanation of security level 1.Security Level 1
  • For shredding general internal documents.
  • Cross-Cut 3/8" x 1-1/2"~3-1/8"
Cross-Cut 3/8" x 1-1/2" ~ 2-1/8" Security Level 1
  • For shredding general internal documents.
  • Strip-Cut 3/8".
Strip-Cut 3/8" Security Level 1



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