Monday, 28 September 2020

Worrying link between lockdown-DIY and increased exposure to asbestos?

Leanne in our Adelaide Alpha Tracker office spotted this fascinating and worrying article: https://westernweekender.com.au/2020/09/fears-boom-in-diy-could-spark-new-asbestos-crisis/

Will a boom in DIY during Coronavirus lockdowns encourage people to do jobs which actually should involve an asbestos professional?  There are so many unintended consequences of anti-Covid measures and this looks like it could be yet another one.

Start Software are now a Fasthosts Gold Partner

Fasthosts are one of the cloud server providers we use for hosting our asbestos software, Alpha Tracker.

We are pleased to announce that we are now a Gold Partner with Fasthosts giving us, and our clients, significant benefits.


Give Elaine a call in the office to find out more!


Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Alpha Tracker passes latest "penetration test" with flying colours

A penetration test (or "pen test") is a type of security test which simulates a hacker trying to find and exploit security vulnerabilities in software systems.

We regular subject asbestos software Alpha Tracker and our other software systems to pen tests in order to check that there are no security holes which a hacker could exploit.

The latest test was carried out by one of our asbestos consultancy clients following a request from a new NHS client of theirs.  Our client paid a cybersecurity consultancy to penetration test the Alpha Tracker software to verify that it was secure.

No high priority issues were found at all, and only one that was categorised as medium risk.  This was dealt with by a simple change to server configuration.

In all the years we've been involved with penetration tests, this is an incredibly good result and shows the constant security updates and patches we apply to Alpha Tracker really pay off and are worth the hard work from the team.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Asbestos specialist AsMATT Ltd chooses asbestos software Alpha Tracker

We're really pleased to announce that specialist asbestos consultancy asMATT Ltd has chosen asbestos software Alpha Tracker.


AsMATT, based in Billericay, Essex, is insured to carry out extensive surveys on domestic and commercial properties to find out if asbestos is present and whether or not it poses a health risk.  

All surveys are carried out in compliance with HSG 264 control of asbestos regulation 2012, with samples being tested by an independent UKAS accredited laboratory.

Once complete, findings are presented to the client as a comprehensive written report detailing results and recommendations.

AsMATT will be using Alpha Tracker to improve the efficiency of their business and improve the service to their clients.  Welcome on board!

Agon Environmental's Melbourne office goes live with Alpha Tracker

We've just completed a virtual Alpha Tracker training session for the asbestos professionals at Agon's Melbourne office.  This follows on from the training back in February we were able to deliver face-to-face... how the world has changed since then!

Welcome on board Agon Environmental!



Monday, 21 September 2020

Another construction consultancy chooses asbestos software Alpha Tracker

We're really pleased to announce that the asbestos professionals within Mac Group from Auckland, New Zealand, have chosen asbestos software Alpha Tracker.


Welcome on board!  We'll post more information once Judy and Leanne have delivered their training and they are fully live.

Thursday, 17 September 2020

How does Alpha Legal work? How would I request ID documents from my client?

Alpha Legal is Start Software's solution to the problem of exchanging sensitive information by email.  Emails are not secure.  Really.  Emails can be intercepted, modified, hacked and spoofed.  Let me say it again - emails are not secure!

Our Alpha Legal product helps client-facing companies such as solicitors, accountants, will-writers, estate agents and others to request sensitive data from their clients.

Here's a video to show you how easy it is to request ID from your client using Alpha Legal:


Want to know more?  Take a look at how Alpha Legal can help you to protect you, your business and your clients.