It is highly unlikely that hosting staff will insert malicious code into a client's database - especially if they want to stay in business. As for others then that should never happen if the hosts have the server security set up correctly- and again not a good way to stay in business.
Only by comparing the two databases, starting with the number of records in each table as a guide.
If it's free host you better find out what is required to obtain an export of the database. Typically they remove the ability to export from the ACP. If they will give you a copy it's usually for some ridiculous cost. Furthermore if the forum becomes popular or whatever changing it to it's own domain has it's own issues.
You would not use files provided by them even if they provided them. Download them from phpbb.com.For the files you can check with the checksum and it is very simple.
phpBB is going to expect that certain values are in certain tables/columns. While it may be possible to manipulate that is unlikely without working within the limits of phpBB. Off the top of my head one thing I can think of is creating a BBcode and then utilizing it in posts.For the database How is it checked if the hosting staff or anyone else has inserted malicious code?
Google is your friend, search for "mysql compare tables"How do I know what was changed in the database on localhost compared to the hosting database? This comparison should not include users or recent posts.
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