Google begins to alert WordPress users with outdated versions

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In a new push for security, Google has begun notifying users that are running outdated versions of WordPress to update their installs. Those with outdated installs are receiving notifications via their Google Webmaster Tools account as well as by email.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:

What do you think about Google’s new effort regarding WordPress versions and security? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

7 thoughts on “Google begins to alert WordPress users with outdated versions

  1. Must be some kinks to work out yet. I received upgrade notices for all of my installs. I’m running 3.1.3 on all of em, except for 1, which has 3.2RC1 on it!!

  2. The reason many WP don’t upgrade isn’t that they don’t know there’s a newer version, it’s that they don’t know if the latest version will break their site because of plugin incompatibilities. It’s not uncommon to have more than half a dozen plugins installed and running.

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