There are times when you want to browse the web but you want to do it privately, without being traced. Sure, you could go ahead and utilize the incognito feature built into most major web browsers however to truly browse in anonymity, there is nothing better than utilizing a secure SSH SOCKS Tunnel. In this quick "how-to", we are going to show you how to set up a secure SSH Socks Tunnel enabling you to route all your web traffic through your host.
Before you can open a secure SSH Socks Tunnel, you are going to need to download a software called PuTTY and understand what web server/host you will route traffic through. PuTTY "is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator." The current version of PuTTY is 0.63. Follow this link to download PuTTY. Once you have PuTTY downloaded, follow these directions.
Finally, double click on your saved session name. You will be shown a pop up box for SSH login to your server of choice. Once you log in, your secure SSH Socks Tunnel has been established. To use the secure tunnel, the next and last item you need to take care of is setting up your web browser to use the tunnel.
Please note, I am currently using Firefox version 35.0 released on January 13, 2015. While these instructions are applicable to the most current version of Firefox, they can be utilized for most versions of Firefox.
Your all set to rock and roll. With PuTTY set up and Firefox set up to utilize the PuTTY protocol, your ready to use the secure SSH Socks tunnel. To confirm the tunnel is working properly, head to www.whatismyip.com. The IP shown should be the IP address of your given server which you are routing traffic through.
Now you can enjoy truly anonymous web browsing through your host of choice.
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