Here is the quick and simple way to encrypt and protect what you are sending and receiving over the network whether you are at home or at a wifi hotspot. This is a simple proxy over an SSH connection. You will need the following to do this (works for any platform):
That’s it! First set up PuTTY to connect to your SSH server but also set the following Tunnel settings:
- Source Port: 7070 (this number can be pretty much anything)
- Destination: localhost
- Select Dynamic and Auto
Then click Add and it should show up as D7070. Select Open and log-in. Your traffic can now be forwarded once you configure your applications to use the proxy.
In Firefox (all major version), go to Tools->Options->Advanced->Network->Settings and set the following proxy configuration:
- Manual proxy config
- SOCKS Host: localhost
- Port: 7070
Then hit OK and you’re done. To make sure the proxy is working, you can go to http://www.whatismyip.org/.
An easy way to switch proxy settings in Firefox is to install the QuickProxy add-on — change proxy settings with just a click.