Let’s say your ISP blocks you from visiting certain websites. There are various ways of bypassing such restrictions. Here’s how I do it using SSH tunnels.
- Get a domain hosting account with ssh shell access from an overseas provider.
- It’s always great to setup key based authentication and
ssh-agent. Here’s how.
$ alias ssh-tunnel=’ssh -N -v -D 8080 mydomain.com’
ssh-tunnelfrom a local shell.
- Install the SwitchProxy Firefox extension and configure it to use 127.0.0.1:8080 as a Socks v4 proxy.
- Test your setup. e.g., if you are in Singapore, try playboy.com ;-)
- Since we used the verbose (-v) flag, you should see connection information in the tunnel’s shell output.
Note: This does not provide anonymity! Use Tor or JAP for that!
The traffic over this tunnel will count towards the monthly bandwidth quota of your hosting provider. Since I get over one terabyte of monthly transfer with Dreamhost, I am not so concerned about this factor. :-)