I currently have a remote web host that is running mySQL. Coming from a management point of view i would like to have access to my databases so that i can run apps like SQLyog and mySQL admin, thus i need remote access. Now, i suppose i could use phpmyadmin to manage the database, but trying to do something like that via a web interface becomes an absolute nightmare after a while.
Thus, to gain remote access for mySQL, typically i would need to open 3306 (note, from a security point of view i could choose a different point). Now i was talking to someone today and they said "...if you care about your data in a mySQL database you shouldn't allow remote access to your databases." Is this a real problem with mySQL or was this person just a mySQL basher??? Now i know that there will be some risks now that you have a port open but in my eyes the risk is no more than running phpmyadmin.
So is there anyway of having relatively secure remote access to my mySQL OR is there a better way of managing the db remotely whilst still being able to run these apps???