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Managing MySQL security through XAMPP for Windows

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Video: Managing MySQL security through XAMPP for Windows

When you install XAMPP on Windows, your MySQL database server is installed without a root user password. On a production server this would be a disaster. But even on a local development system it's a good idea to set a database password. To accomplish this, go to the Admin page for Apache. This will open the XAMPP homepage. Then in the menu click on Security. It's the third item from the top. That opens a separate browser window.

Managing MySQL security through XAMPP for Windows

When you install XAMPP on Windows, your MySQL database server is installed without a root user password. On a production server this would be a disaster. But even on a local development system it's a good idea to set a database password. To accomplish this, go to the Admin page for Apache. This will open the XAMPP homepage. Then in the menu click on Security. It's the third item from the top. That opens a separate browser window.

I'll maximize that window and show you that it displays a summary of your security settings. This is the setting that I'm concerned about. The MySQL admin user root has no password and then it has a note that every local user on a Windows machine can access the MySQL database with administrator rights. You should set a password. Here's how you set it. It's incredibly simple using XAMPP. Go to the bottom of the page and click the link localhost/security/xamppsecurity.php.

That opens a little PHP page that lets you set the password. I'll click into the new password entry and type in my password. I'll use the simple string password and then I'll type it in again. You can also set random passwords for your PHP my admin user- I won't do that- and then you can click the button Password changing. You should get a message that the root password was successfully changed. Close all browser windows, then go to the MySQL item in your Control Panel application, stop MySQL, and then restart it.

Then click the Admin button for MySQL. When phpMyAdmin opens, it should now open to a login screen. Type-in the username as root and type-in the password that you set and then click Go. I'll tell Internet Explorer not to remember the password. If you typed-in your username and password correctly, you should open phpMyAdmin successfully. You can now create new databases, manage existing databases' table structures, and add data to your databases all through the phpMyAdmin interface.

As you start using content management systems such as WordPress or Drupal or working with PHP from other clients such as Dreamweaver, you'll need to use that password to connect to your MySQL database. This is just one of the useful tools that are included with the XAMPP software bundle: the ability to manage your MySQL database without having to work from the command line.

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Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP

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  1. 17m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Understanding Apache, MySQL, and PHP
      7m 12s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 7s
    4. What's new in this update
      3m 35s
    5. Choosing a software stack
      4m 32s
  2. 30m 18s
    1. Installing Apache HTTP Server 2.4 on Windows
      6m 51s
    2. Installing PHP 5.5 on Windows
      4m 12s
    3. Starting Apache from the command line
      5m 24s
    4. Installing MySQL on Windows
      7m 24s
    5. Installing phpMyAdmin on Windows
      6m 27s
  3. 44m 5s
    1. Activating Apache on Leopard and Snow Leopard
      3m 35s
    2. Activating Apache on Lion
      5m 9s
    3. Activating Apache on Mountain Lion and Mavericks
      4m 57s
    4. Configuring personal site folders on Mountain Lion and Mavericks
      6m 59s
    5. Activating PHP on Mac OS X
      6m 12s
    6. Installing MySQL on Mac OS X
      3m 59s
    7. Setting the root user password
      2m 28s
    8. Installing phpMyAdmin on Mac OS X
      6m 16s
    9. Uninstalling MySQL on Mac OS X
      4m 30s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Installing WampServer
      6m 25s
    2. Managing WampServer
      2m 2s
    3. Defining directory aliases through WampServer
      2m 55s
    4. Changing software versions with WampServer add-ons
      3m 13s
  5. 10m 58s
    1. Installing MAMP
      4m 6s
    2. Configuring Apache and MySQL server ports
      1m 57s
    3. Managing MAMP
      4m 55s
  6. 29m 3s
    1. Installing XAMPP for Windows
      10m 0s
    2. Managing XAMPP for Windows
      4m 4s
    3. Managing MySQL security through XAMPP for Windows
      2m 40s
    4. Installing XAMPP for Mac OS X
      6m 14s
    5. Managing XAMPP for Mac OS X
      2m 27s
    6. Managing MySQL security through XAMPP
      3m 38s
  7. 13m 20s
    1. Installing BitNami for Windows
      6m 31s
    2. Installing BitNami for Mac OS X
      6m 49s
  8. 18m 49s
    1. Handling port conflicts with Skype on Windows
      2m 37s
    2. Handling other port conflicts on Windows
      5m 19s
    3. Detecting and handling port conflicts on Mac OS X
      6m 26s
    4. Configuring Apache to work with IPv6 on Windows 8
      4m 27s
  9. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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