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If on Linux/OSX, SSH to some machine with the -D option, which makes a Dynamic SOCKS5 proxy.

$ ssh -D 1080

This makes port 1080 on your local machine a tunneling proxy. If on Windows, you can do this with PuTTY, see this page for details.

Either way, set Firefox to use your tunnel:

First, go to options | Advanced | Network tab | Connection settings:

Then in the proxy dialog, select to "Manual" and blank out everything but "SOCKS Host", which is set to "":

You should be able to surf through the tunnel now. Check and verify that the IP shown is the one from the machine you connected to via SSH.

If you tend to do this a lot, consider installing the SwitchProxy extension for Firefox, which will let you change proxies in two clicks:

firefox_ssh_proxy.txt · Last modified: 2008/09/05 06:49 (external edit)

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