Panera Bread Is The Latest To Expose Customer Info - Panera Bread is feeling the heat after a major security flub.
A cyber security blog says Panera Bread's website reportedly leaked customer records for at least eight months. Krebs On Security said the data leak includes names, email and physical addresses, birthdays and the last four digits of credit card numbers of "millions" of customers who ordered food online on the company's website.
Researcher Dylan Houlihan identified and notified the fast-casual chain about the vulnerability as long ago as August, but the company did nothing about it until Monday.
Panera Bread apparently told Reuters that the issue has been resolved. In a statement, an official with Panera Bread said the, "investigation is continuing, but there is no evidence of payment card information nor a large number of records being accessed or retrieved.”
While Panera downplays the issue, Krebs says the “fix” is exposing catering clients and others, to the tune of possibly 37 million. Source: Gizmodo
Survey says more and more Americans not carrying "inconvenient" cash
Capital One turned the question "What's in your wallet?" into a tagline, but a new survey sponsored by the credit card company is proving that the answer for many people is: "not cash."
A survey of 2,000 people revealed that a quarter of Americans rarely carry cash on them anymore -- and that number jumped to one third when looking at people between 18 and 35 years old.
Forty-one percent of people in that millennial demographic called using the green stuff "inconvenient."
The survey revealed that just 41% of those polled carry cash "regularly," while cash purchases made up less than a quarter of all of their expenditures in a week. Just 21% reported using cash commonly.
For those who did carry cash, they noted carrying $25 on average -- though one in six of those polled say they had no cash on them at all.
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How Guys Really Feel About Wives Taking Their Last Name
Back when our parents or grandparents got married, women wouldn’t think twice about taking their husband’s name, but that’s certainly not the case in this day and age. More and more women are sticking with their maiden name after marriage, which has left some men feeling conflicted about it.
Well a thread on the anonymous Whisper app has guys revealing how they really feel about women taking, or not taking, their name, and some of the responses may surprise you.
- “If she wants my sperm, she needs my surname. It’s really that simple.”
- “I would never ask my wife to take my last name. I’d just be grateful someone wants to spend their life with me.”
- “Yes it matters. If she doesn’t want to take my name, I’m not interested.”
- “I would never marry someone who wouldn’t take my surname.”
- “Honestly, I’d rather change my last name to match hers. I’m not the least bit attached to mine.”
- “If I’m not taking my wife’s last name, why on earth should she take mine?”
- “My wife kept her surname. It’s easier in many ways but also awkward at times.”
- “This one couple I know hyphenated their name and took each other’s. I think that’d be neat because it’s a physical way of showing the reciprocity marriage should have.”
- “It’s not a deal breaker but I definitely wouldn’t be happy if my wife refused to take my last name. I feel like our generation is getting rid of so many traditions.”
- “I have a crappy last name. I’m sick of spelling it every last time! I’m actually not opposed to taking my fiancée’s last name.”
- “It’s only important to me that my wife makes her own choice in regards to my last name or not. As long as she’s doing what SHE wants to do, I will be happy.”
- “My surname is freaking epic. If she doesn’t want it that’s her loss.”
Think marathons are tough? Try an ultramarathon
Completing a 26.2 mile marathon is arguably one of the hardest athletic feats you can accomplish -- but it's child's play for runners of the latest craze: ultramarathons.
These grueling endurance races pit you against 100-mile treks across deserts, mountains, and other unforgiving landscapes for, proponents say, the ultimate test of mettle -- or, let's face it, social media bragging rights.
The Guardian interviewed Steve Diederich, who runs the Run Ultra website. The online destination posts info on the world’s biggest ultramarathons -- the sheer number of which have exploded over 1,000%. From the site's founding 12 years ago, he says, the number of races internationally have jumped from 160 to more than 1,800, including the Marathon des Sables, which spans 156 miles of the Sahara desert.
Despite an entry fee of nearly $6,000 -- and the absolute insanity of the trek -- Diederich says the organizers became so inundated with hopefuls that would-be ultramarathoners need to enter a lottery just for a chance to run.
“The Rock” Gets Depressed Too - One of Hollywood's highest-paid actors, Dwayne Johnson, is opening up about battling depression and hard times.
The 45-year-old admitted in an interview with "Express" he went through hard times as a teen when his mother attempted suicide, which he saved her from. He also had to deal later on with being let go from the Canadian Football League and a break-up, which he said was his worst time.
Johnson says both he and his mom healed and both try and pay attention to when others are in pain. "We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone," he says.Source: CNN
Stolen Office Lunch More Common Than You Think
As we previously told you, one worker’s live tweeting of the mystery of a colleague’s stolen shrimp friend rice lunch recently captivated the Internet, having been re-tweeted over 173,000 times. And while the drama surrounding the missing lunch may have been unique, the idea of a stolen lunch isn't exactly new.
According to a poll, about 18% of workers admit they’ve eaten someone else’s lunch out of the office communal fridge. In fact, “Ask A Manager” blog writer Alison Green notes that stolen food is a “constant” theme among those who write in to her. “It's such an unusual thing to be so widespread," she says. "Who are these sociopaths who are stealing lunches across the land?"
Of course, not all of this lunch stealing is on purpose. In some cases it’s as simple as picking up someone else’s yogurt thinking it’s your own, or maybe someone cleaning out the fridge and not realizing the food is new.
- And you while you may think it’s funny to get away with snagging someone else’s meal, it actually could have consequences on the job. "People don't forget it — and you see these people every day," career and workplace expert Dan Schawbel, author of the forthcoming book "Back to Human,” says. “It becomes a trust issue. This person might not ever be promoted, or when it's bonus time, they might not get a bonus."
Tattoo Artist Removes Hateful Ink For Free
Tattoo artists normally put the ink on their clients, but an artist in Iowa is now helping people get rid of tattoos they regret. Robert Badger isn’t helping folks erase an ex’s name, he’s offering those with racist images or designs with hate speech or gang activity free removal of the hateful tattoos.
Badger owns The Crow’s Nest Tattoo Studio and he recognizes that the ink is permanent, but a person’s point of view can change. But a lot of people can’t afford to get their tattoos removed, so he wants to help them get rid of the ink they regret by providing the expensive service for free.
Badger says it’s another step in removing hate from the world, adding, “It’s basically good versus evil.”
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From The Self-Help Books-- ‘How To Win Friends And Influence People’
“How To Win Friends And Influence People” is a book my dad made me read as a kid. I still re-read it on a regular basis.
I found an article on Business Insider that summed up the main points in the Dale Carnegie classic.
We've summarized some of its main lessons on how to be a likable, persuasive, and influential leader.
Avoid criticizing, condemning, or complaining"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain — and most fools do," Carnegie wrote. "But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving."Carnegie explained that those in leadership positions should acknowledge when a subordinate is not meeting expectations or when a competitor's approach is inferior to their own, but do so in a way that acknowledges what is working, avoiding resentment and encouraging improvement.
Praise others' achievements"Abilities wither under criticism; they blossom under encouragement," Carnegie wrote. Be lavish with praise, but only in a genuine way, he advised."Remember, we all crave appreciation and recognition, and will do almost anything to get it," he said. "But nobody wants insincerity. Nobody wants flattery."
Be empathetic Carnegie wrote that "the only way on earth to influence other people is to talk about what they want and show them how to get it."He referred to a quote by Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford: "If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own."
Know the value of charm Steel magnate Charles Schwab claimed his smile was worth a million bucks — literally."And he was probably understating the truth," Carnegie wrote. "For Schwab's personality, his charm, his ability to make people like him, were almost wholly responsible for his extraordinary success; and one of the most delightful factors in his personality was his captivating smile."
Encourage people to talk about themselves Carnegie said most people loosen up even in tense situations if they start talking about what they know. Namely, themselves.Listening closely to someone "is one of the highest compliments we can pay anyone," Carnegie wrote.
Know when to use suggestions instead of direct orders Carnegie learned that the industrialist Owen D. Young, rather than barking commands to his subordinates, would lead them along with suggestions ("You might consider this...") or questions ("Do you think this would work?")."He always gave people the opportunity to do things themselves; he never told his assistants to do things; he let them do them, let them learn from their mistakes," Carnegie wrote.
Acknowledge your own mistakes The best leaders, Carnegie said, do not lionize themselves, appearing as if they were flawless."Admitting one's own mistakes — even when one hasn't corrected them — can help convince somebody to change his behavior," Carnegie wrote.
Respect others' dignity Whether leaders are giving employees a demotion or letting them go, they need to recognize that person's dignity and not humiliate them, Carnegie said.And even from a practical standpoint, he continued, it's in a leader's favor to remain on good terms with an employee who didn't work out, since it's possible they will cross paths, and may even work together, again.
Don't try "winning" an argument Even if you manage to tear apart someone else's argument, you don't actually achieve anything. Carnegie cited an old saying: "A man convinced against his will/Is of the same opinion still."If you're looking to actually persuade somebody, avoid an argument in the first place, he said.
Be friendly, no matter how angry the other person may beIt's human nature to meet aggression with aggression. But, Carnegie said, you will be surprised what you can usually accomplish when you take the high road and maintain your composure while you continue trying to persuade them, expressing appreciation for their point of view.At the very least, the other side will embarrass themselves as you stay cool and collected.
Reach common ground as soon as possible"Begin by emphasizing — and keep on emphasizing — the things on which you agree," Carnegie wrote. "Keep emphasizing, if possible, that you are both striving for the same end and that your only difference is one of method and not of purpose."
Get others to think your conclusion is their own No one can be forced to truly believe something, Carnegie wrote, and that's why the most persuasive people know the power of suggestions over demands.