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Good afternoon,
Ive usually done all my queries on my remote MySQL server  by using the MySQL CLI on my PC, however it occurs to me that it isnt secure. After a quick search on google Im stil not sure. Does anyone have any comments either way?

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Yes, MySQL connections are not secure.  Do you have SSH access to your server?  If so, you can create a secure tunnel using something like (this is on your client):

   ssh -L 3306:localhost:3306 server.whatever.com

Then just run 'mysql' and connect to '127.0.0.1' (Note: if you try to connect to the 'localhost' name here, it won't work, as mysql will assume you're running with a named socket on your local machine and try to connect to that, but that's not what you want)

On MySQL on the server, make sure you have access from your username and host "localhost" (the MySQL server will think you're connecting from the localhost when doing this).

You can easily use PuTTy as well for this, just go to Connection -> SSH -> Tunnels and add 3306 in "Source port" and "localhost:3306" in Destination and click Add.


If you don't have SSH access to this host (or any other hosts that might be on a secured network with it), then I don't think you can easily secure the connection.


Here are some other sites that perhaps have explained this better than I have:
  http://www.whoopis.com/howtos/mysql_ssh_howto.html
  http://kb.mediatemple.net/questions/133/Tunnel+local+MySQL+server+through+SSH
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