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Securing Your Internet Traffic on a Public Network

I was on a public WiFi hotspot and was worried about someone sniffing my passwords with firesheep. I went in search of a howto that would teach allow me to tunnel browser traffic to my secure home network over SSH. What I found was How To Tunnel Traffic With SSH. It is the easiest and one of the more straight-forward tunneling approaches. It requires Firefox, a secure remote server running ssh, and the putty client.

The long and short of it is to set up a local SOCKS5 proxy with putty. Simply open up putty, go to Connection>SSH>Tunnels. Add a new forwarded port (say 1080), make it dynamic, then hit add. Now log in to your remote machine and you have a local SOCKS5 proxy running on port 1080. You can then point your browser to use this proxy for all your web traffic.

The link also mentions how to make Firefox tunnel DNS requests for added security, but I won’t go into that.

Happy safe browsing!

$ ssh -D 12345 myuser@remote_ssh_server



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