Read Why it is Imperative to Update Now
This is a major WordPress security as well as maintenance release.
Certain bugs were fixed, as well as an open redirection vulnerability.
According to WordFence a security plugin for WordPress sites:
Because we expect an exploit to appear in the wild so soon, we recommend an immediate upgrade to WordPress 4.4.2.
Sadly, unscrupulous people seek out ways to attack any website or platform. Twitter has been shown to be vulnerable as well as your website.
Many, if not all sites will update automatically. But be safe and double check that this important WordPress security release has been updated on your site(s).
If you are not sure how to know what release you have, take a look at this image as a guide. Simply click on the Dashboard icon in the left column. Then, once you are on your website’s WordPress dashboard, look in the “At a Glance” section. It will tell you the version of WordPress you are running and what theme (greyed out in this picture.)
Be sure to take security precautions seriously. If for no other reason than trying to fix a hacked site is a royal pain in the…neck and nether regions.
Keep blogging and marketing your business. Just take precautions, as you would with your brick and mortar business
Thanks to our friends at WordFence for keeping our sites safe. Read their article on this update here.
Read WordPress.org’s info on the release here.