I was wondering if I should set up a secure connection for the db administration application (phpmyadmin) for my sites.

They don't store credit cards nor anything that could be valuable for a hacker.


They're fairly rare, unless you access it over a wireless system. On the other hand, setting up a self-signed SSL certificate is pretty simple and raises the effort required to do a MITM attack, so there's no good reason not to do it.

Does it store passwords? Could compromising your (or some users') password compromise other sites? That's the main risk.

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    Agree. SSL on database and website admin areas is generally a good idea and usually pretty simple to setup. – Rob May 24 '11 at 12:43
  • +1, agreed. Furthermore, you're best off learning how to do this on the stuff that doesn't really matter, so you can do it properly when it DOES. (And Rob's right, it's pretty easy) – Christopher Karel May 24 '11 at 15:18

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