If you have a blog, you are probably receiving notices that your blog either automatically updated to 4.0.1 or the you need to update it to 4.0.1 so that you stop getting these notifications…lol.
This is a good thing!
Getting your blog updated to the latest version is important because of the security holes that are being plugged with each new update to WordPress. Hackers are spending hours every day trying to break through the security of this blogging platform so that they can add their malicious code into unsuspecting bloggers’ sites. You can avoid that by keeping your blog and plugins up to date and following some good practices like using capital letters and punctuation in your passwords, using something other than admin as your user name and monitoring your site daily to look for unusual occurrences (like penis enlargement ads that weren’t there yesterday or prescription drugs links in your posts).
A good idea to also help streamline your blog is to disable comments on pages and older posts. You should monitor your posts to only allow comments that are relevant and delete all spam comments immediately to keep your database more compact.
One last thing, if you want to make sure your blog does not get hacked too easily, install a login blocker plugin that blocks IP addresses that attempt to login to your blog too many times (and fail). Here are some of the plugins that you could use for this purpose:
These are not the only ones, but all you have to do is click “add new” when you are in the plugins section of your blog and then type “limit login attempts” into the search box and you will get a listing of the plugins.
Update your blog and then tell me the URL of your blog in a comment!