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Thread: Creating a SOCKS proxy for use with Mozilla Firefox

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    Oct 2007


    What is SOCKS?

    Though this protocol was developed long ago enough, it is rather new (compared to the HTTP proxy). SOCKS allows to work with any (version SOCKS 4 - with TCP, SOCKS 5 - with TCP and UDP) protocols. A socks proxy simply transfers data from a client to a server, not penetrating into this data contents (therefore it can work with HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP3, NNTP, etc.)

    Detailed explanation:

    This tutorial will show you how to create a SOCKS proxy for use with Mozilla Firefox. It's possible to use a SOCKS proxy with any type of program, even if it doesn't have specific support for SOCKS, using SocksCap V2.

    You will need:1) Open PuTTy.

    2) Enter IP of your Linux box in the Host Name field. Select SSH. Enter a Session Name. Click Save.

    3) Select the Saved Session you just created and click Load.

    4) Navigate to Connection > SSH > Tunnels.

    5) Enter a Source Port of your choice. Select Dynamic & Auto. Click Add.

    6) Navigate back to Session.

    7) Select your Saved Session. Click Save. Open the Session.

    8) Once connected, open Mozilla Firefox.

    9) Navigate to Tools > Options > Advanced > Network

    10) Select Manual Proxy Configuration. Enter in the SOCKS Host field. Enter the Source Port you chose earlier. Make sure Socks v5 is selected.

    11) Browse to to make sure everything works OK. It should display the IP of your Dedicated Server.

    When you have finished using the proxy, close PuTTy.
    Last edited by Fibre; 12-14-2007 at 06:28 PM.


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