Secure database access online database

For a client I need to make a small desktop application that connects to a database (still to be determned which one, probably access or sqlite db). The connection needs to be secure and all information transfered should be secure. What is the best way to accomplish this?

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ShadowPatrickAsked:
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Carl TawnConnect With a Mentor Systems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
If you can then you will want to create a web service to run on the remote server that will provide an abstraction from the database itself. You generally don't want your database to be exposed directly to the internet.

You can add additional security by accessing your web service through SSL which will then encrypt data during transmission across the internet.
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Carl TawnSystems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
Desktop application would suggest a local database, but your title says "online database". Which is it you require? A local database is generally secure enough anyway since the database and application reside on the same physical machine.
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ShadowPatrickAuthor Commented:
It wil be a desktop application in c# that was using a local database before, but will now use a centralised database on a server reachable through internet.
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