I accidentally ran
sudo chmod a+rx ~ on the system root rather than
sudo chmod a+rx myfolder...
sudo chmod -R a+rX myfolder/public_html
then accidentally ran
sudo chmod a+rx ~
sudo chmod a+rx myfolder
This quote is from a site I was using as a guide...
"The first command sets everything in your public_html directory to be readable and accessible by all users on the system. The second command sets your home directory to be the same way (though not all the files in it, like we did with public_html). Note that the "X" in the first command is capitalized."
In short, I'm not a permissions guru and have many users on our cloud server. I would like to set it back to something more secure so that our main ssh users are fine, but any ftp user won't exploit my terrible mistake.
Pardon my ignorance!