Howto Use Your Shell Account to Tunnel Your Web Browsing (Linux Users)

Posted by Vectro 21 February 2010

OpenSSH users on Linux machines can connect to their shell account to open a secure connection, then use it to tunnel their web browser and other applications for security. This works with any SOCKS compatible program. To connect, first use one of these commands:

ssh -qTfnN -D 9853 username@example.com
(Just replace username with your username and example.com with the address of your shell provider. This will open the secure tunnel quietly in the background. Be sure to kill the process when you are finished using the tunnel.)

or…

ssh -D 9853 username@example.com
(Just replace username with your username and example.com with the address of your shell provider. This will open the tunnel, but will not place it in the background.)

After it logs in, you will be asked for your password.

Required Next Step: Connect any SOCKS compatible applications to 127.0.0.1 on port 9853

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