The Shredder

These days I still get a few letters a week. It’s the end of 2020, so that surprises me a bit. But, here we are. A few of these letters I need to file. Others I can scan and then dispose of. The rest I can dispose of straight away.

There is a small problem, though. A lot of these letters have my personal information on them. I don’t necessarily want somebody snooping around finding out my bank account number, or my Tesco membership number. Sure, some of these are not as sensitive as others. The odds of somebody snooping around are probably not big anyhow. But why take the risk?

There is a simple solution. I bought a shredder. If you’ve been reading my past posts, you know I did my research. So here’s what I was after:

  • Shred multiple pages at once. This would save me time.
  • Deal with paper clips and staples. I don’t want to have to remove those.
  • Shred credit cards. This is far better than cutting them in half.
  • Shred CDs. Not many of those around nowadays, but it’s nice to have.
  • Have a reverse mechanism in case it gets jammed.
  • Have sufficient storage. I don’t want to have to empty it every week.

Sadly, the Ativa AT-12X I bought 5 years ago is no longer available on Amazon. It still serves me well. If I had to buy a new one today, I’d probably buy the AmazonBasics one. It beats my Ativa model in every aspect and is very affordable.

If you do not yet have a shredder, consider getting one. Protect your privacy offline too.

I can’t believe I managed to get through this post without a single Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pun.

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Published by eranboudjnah

A software consultant and tech lead. Passionate about optimizing as many aspects of my life as possible, to free time for what really matters.

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