This section describes how to get a secure connection to a remote
MySQL server with SSH. The information was provided by David
Install an SSH client on your Windows machine. As a user, the
best nonfree one I have found is from
http://www.vandyke.com/. Another option is
http://www.f-secure.com/. You can also find
some free ones on
Start your Windows SSH client. Set
to log in to your server. This
might not be the same as the user name of your MySQL account.
Set up port forwarding. Either do a remote forward (Set
remote_port: 3306 ) or a local forward (Set
remote port: 3306).
Save everything, otherwise you will have to redo it the next time.
Log in to your server with the SSH session you just created.
On your Windows machine, start some ODBC application (such as Access).
Create a new file in Windows and link to MySQL using the ODBC
driver the same way you normally do, except type in
localhost for the MySQL host server, not
At this point, you should have an ODBC connection to MySQL, encrypted using SSH.