In a new push for security, Google has begun notifying users that are running outdated versions of WordPress to update their installs. Those with outdated installs are receiving notifications via their Google Webmaster Tools account as well as by email.
Any security buff will tell you that rule zero is to keep your software updated, which this obviously will help with. Older versions of WordPress are, in all cases, less secure than the current version.
Mark Jaquith and other WordPress contributors have been working directly with Google to enable this functionality, and encourage others to join in the effort:
Worked with Google to get Webmaster Tools to tell you if your WordPress install is out of date. stateofsearch.com/google-now-war… Web hosts: join in!
— Mark Jaquith (@markjaquith) June 20, 2011
What do you think about Google’s new effort regarding WordPress versions and security? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.