WordPress Automatic Update Email

We have gotten many contacts recently regarding an email that seems to have been sent by WordPress. This email is about an automatic update. The email text appears as:

Howdy! Your site at *snip* has been updated automatically to WordPress 3.8.2.

No further action is needed on your part. For more on version 3.8.2, see the About WordPress screen:

If you experience any issues or need support, the volunteers in the WordPress.org support forums may be able to help.


You also have some plugins or themes with updates available. Update them now:

Is this email legit?

You can relax. The email is indeed legitimate and does not contain any spam or links to malware. It is not a malicious email, but a newly implemented feature.

I did not do any updates

As of WordPress 3.7, this is a default behavior for minor updates. These types of updates are for maintenance and security purposes. Major updates are not automatically enabled by default.

Can it be disabled?

While we highly recommend not doing so, this feature can be disabled. You can find instructions on how to do so here.

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