Charity’s computers get a clean bill of health after website is hacked

David Lloyd and Paula Gascoigne at Smile For Life's Gosforth coffee shop.
David Lloyd and Paula Gascoigne at Smile For Life's Gosforth coffee shop.

An IT firm has given computers at a children’s charity a clean bill of health.

David Lloyd, of Signacure Resilience’s Whitley Bay office, and colleague Dr Christopher Laing carried out a free check of computers at Gosforth-based charity Smile for Life after hearing its website had been hacked and important data potentially lost.

Smile For Life were lucky in so much as they realised that their website had been compromised.

David Lloyd, of Signacure Resilience

David said: “What we’ve done for Smile For Life is checked that their PCs are protected from outside attacks and ensured the website is as secure as possible.

“It’s basically a free health check that will give them and the families they help peace of mind.

“Smile For Life were lucky in so much as they realised that their website had been compromised.”

“Many organisations don’t check their sites and damage could be done that has a devastating long-term effect on their business.”

Smile For Life Children’s Charity provides support to help improve the lives of seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged children in the north east.

They help to make the lives of children easier by supplying specialist equipment, activities and experiences to help them achieve their dreams.

They have a coffee shop in Gosforth that gives young people with learning difficulties and disabilities real life work experience and new skills to help them move into the world of supported employment.

Chief executive Paula Gascoigne said: “We believe our website was hacked recently leaving us with pages of information that had to be rebuilt.

“We also lost some general photographs that caused a considerable amount of work to correct.

“Knowing that someone had accessed our site highlighted the potential risks only too well.”