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Sumner M. Davenport
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Puzzle Master; Solutions Strategist & Architect
Puzzle Master; Solutions Strategist & Architect

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Issue in Wordpress Core. Anyone with Author role may be able to delete files from server. Could be a real problem if you have someone in your organization that is to only supposed to write or edit posts and they accidentally delete something.
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Without doubt, this has been one of the most volatile election periods I have ever experienced. A friend called it the great unfriending of 2016. Friendships have been destroyed and relationships and marriages have been irreparable damaged. The word “civil” seems to have disappeared from many discussions. It appears to not be so much that people have chosen separate candidates, but what doing so has brought out in them. Instead of intelligent discussions, many posts and comments have resorted to name calling, lies and a hostile barrage of hateful commentary. Instead of creating a discussion it appears to instead be ending it with insults.

As a business person, I believe I attract the clients who resonate with me and how I run my business. I also believe that I will attract clients who will treat me just like I treat others – in public and in private.

I give referrals when someone asked for something I don’t provide or when I believe someone else better fits the need of the person. Earlier this year a friend, Sue, confided that she was leaving her husband and starting a new business, and needed referrals for both business and emotional support. She had a list of what type of professionals she was seeking. I received an email from her earlier this week. She has made the move to being single and an entrepreneur and took time to conduct her due diligence on the referrals I provided. After thanking me, she shared that one person on the list she was excited to work with until she read this person’s social media posts. Her assessment was that it was filled with name calling and hatefulness. Another person Sue considered had no political posts on the timeline, but posted informative business posts, occasional positive affirmations or spiritual messages. When Sue looked deeper she saw the pages this person “liked”, and where this person reacted positively to several political posts on other people’s timelines which Sue felt were offensive and hate-filled. Although these original posts weren’t on the business person’s immediate timeline, Sue still found them. It was this support of behavior that she found unsettling, which rendered this person to not be a fit for her business and personal goals. These two people may never know how they lost this client who was ready to hire and has the money to do so. It wasn’t a matter of difference of opinion, it was the hate filled behavior expressed in words, links and images.

In some States you cannot be fired for your political views. Your employer, however, can take action if your behaviors on the job are disruptive, creates a harassing or discriminatory workplace or show you to be against company policies and standards. Your employer may also remember your social behavior when considering a promotion, and determine whether your choice of behavior is a good fit for the company’s long term goals or company image.

This election will be over (hopefully) soon. I’ve learned a lot about my friends and business acquaintances during this time and they have probably learned things about me as well. The posts made, the comments, likes and memes will be on the internet forever to be found.

If you can, take a step back and see your behavior through fresh eyes. What do you see? Is that the type of client/employee you want to work with? If they treated you the way you are acting on social media, would you like them as a client?

I’m not suggesting that people should stop expressing who they are. When I was growing up, my Dad told me to think beyond the moment in my choices and actions; to ask myself: was I willing to accept the immediate and long term consequences? If not, choose again.

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Have you experienced the Dark Side of Linked in? http://gr8link.us/edenU
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Happy Birthday to me today. Loving the priceless gift of friendships.
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It's Wordpress again. This time with a fix. 

WordPress has released WordPress 4.2.1 which is a critical security release that fixes a cross-site scripting vulnerability in WordPress core. The vulnerability was publicly disclosed immediately after the 4.2.1 release went out yesterday so please upgrade immediately to prevent hackers from exploiting this vulnerability on your system.
Wordpress sent this announcement out today because they are still seeing numerous sites that have not been updated.

As I have said before, these updates are critical. Be sure to backup your site before updating so you don't lose important files. The cost to fix what a hacker could damage can exceed the budgets of some small businesses.
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I seem to be talking about Wordpress a lot these days. It could be because so many sites are making it easy for hackers with outdated code or poor security, however, it is also under attack because it is such a popular platform.
The most pressing issue is a fresh zero-day, a previously unknown and unpatched weakness, affecting the latest version of WordPress, 4.2, and prior iterations, as revealed yesterday by Finnish company Klikki Oy. This flaw allows a hacker to store malicious JavaScript code on WordPress site comments. Under normal circumstances, this should be blocked as it could be abused to send visitors’ usernames and passwords to a hacker’s site – what’s known as a cross-site scripting attack. All that’s required is for a user’s browser to parse the code when they land on the affected site.
If a logged-in administrator visits the affected page, the hacker could acquire access to the server. Alternatively the attacker could change the administrator’s password, create new administrator accounts, or do whatever else the currently logged-in administrator can do on the target system.
For website admins, the advice for now is to disable comments until a fix is released.
As I have said before, these hacks are not a joke and the cost to fix what they damage can exceed the budgets of some small businesses.
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