Using phpMyAdmin and XAMPP in connection with local WordPress development.
Sometimes when I open the local site
http://localhost/phpmyadmin/index.php the firewall is showing connection attempts from
httpd.exe, for example to IPs
So yes, the connection goes outward from the local machine to those IPs and not the other way round. In fact I have not had any attempt that was coming from the outside to
httpd.exe so far.
http://ip-lookup.net/index.php I can see that IP
NS ns3.superhosting.cz for example.
Are these connection attempts to get into the local MySQL database somwhow? Is someone trying to hack into this development machine? I don't think so because the direction is going outwards, or am I misunderstanding this?
Perhaps it is of importance to notice that I am behind a VPN 365/24/7.
So far I am blocking all these requests.
Also these requests do not happen often, most of the time when I refresh the
http://localhost/phpmyadmin/index.php site. This leads me to thinking that possibly phpMyAdmin is looking for an update?
At times, when inside the WordPress dashboard
httpd.exe also connects to outside IPs and checking those I can see that they belong to
wordpress.org, so I allow them and that for example leads to the
WordPress News articles being displayed in the local WordPress dashboard.
Additionally, if you can be asked, would anyone please kindly share a link or document on how to securely set up phpMyAdmin and Apache (XAMPP) for local development, while still allowing me to install WordPress plugins and the like from the outside net?