SSH SOCKS proxy works almost the same way as a
VPN would as you could use it to securely tunnel network traffic from your local machine to the remote
You could use it to securely access the internet in a public network such as in a public
WiFi environment, as the traffic between our host and the proxy is encrypted .
For this to work, you need to have access to a remote
SSH server. You can create a
SOCKS proxy using
SSH client on
Unix-based operating systems at the terminal.
Create SSH SOCKS proxy:
SSH SOCKSproxy at the terminal from your local machine to a remote
$ ssh -D8080 user@remote-host The authenticity of host 'remote-host (22.214.171.124)' can't be established. ECDSA key fingerprint is SHA256:wGCE8M54I96AgSZtEDB9Y26CXmDjbHYtlL0HMpSiIRA. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes ##### snipped
8080 in the example is the port that your
SOCKS proxy will listen to. You can choose any number from 1025 to 65535 if you're running the command as a normal user, as long as the port number is not currently in use.
The better command to run is the following:
ssh -D8080 -fCqN user@remote-host
-f: Requests ssh to go to background just before command execution
-C: Requests compression of all data
-q: Quiet mode. Causes most warning and diagnostic messages to be suppressed
-N: Do not execute a remote command
$ ss -natp | grep 8080 LISTEN 0 128 127.0.0.1:8080 0.0.0.0:* users:(("ssh",pid=1640,fd=6)) LISTEN 0 128 [::1]:8080 [::]:* users:(("ssh",pid=1640,fd=5))
$ curl ifconfig.me # Direct connection 126.96.36.199 $ curl -x socks5h://127.0.0.1:8080 ifconfig.me # Via socks proxy tunnel 188.8.131.52
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