plugin to alert of plugins needing updating

is there a setting in wordpress that will alert us when a plugin (NOT WORDPRESS) needs updating?
nsitedesignsAsked:
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
There's not a setting, but there are solutions for this.

I use ManageWP to handle all of my sites (managewp.com).  It not only alerts you to when a plugin update is needed, you can batch update all sites from one login, deploy plugins, and more.

For just getting an alert, use WordFence (free).  It will email you when a plugin needs to be updated.

There's other ways to deal with this, but those two are what I use.
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
When you logon to www_mysite_aaa/admin-wp, you go the Dashboard menu item in the WordPress admin panel, you see 2 sub-menus: Home (default when you logon) and Updates.
if there is a red dot with a number on Updates, this indicates the total number of updates available (WP + plugins).

If there is a red dot with a number on the Plugins menu item, that means that you have plugin updates available.
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
Jason,

I had checked out wordfence but could not find any settings that would send out email alert when plugin was out of date.  Maybe I missed it on first blush.  I will have to check it out again.
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
@Jason  - I just signed up for a free account - thanks for the info

@nsitedesigns you will find notifications in Monitor ―> Email Notifications. I'm going to give it a try today.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Paul

If you are referring to WordFence, it's actually located in WordFence | Options in the top section.  "Where to email alerts"

Under "Advanced Options" just below that section, check the box to "Alert on critical problems" and WordFence will treat out of date plugins as critical.
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
Hi Jason - no, I was referring to a free ManageWP account

;-)

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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Ah, then yes...those instructions are also correct.
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