What is SSH Tunneling?
A Secure Shell (SSH) tunnel consists of an encrypted tunnel created through a SSH protocol connection. Users may set up SSH tunnels to transfer unencrypted traffic over a network through an encrypted channel.
Why Do We Need an SSH Tunnel?
When browsing the net you leave traces of your presence in forms like IP Address etc. Using an SSH Tunnel ensures that you are completely anonymous when browsing the internet.
- Mozilla Firefox
- Putty (Telnet/SSH Client)
- SSH Shell Account (We will discuss how to get one in the coming points)
How to Get a FREE SSH Shell Account.
- Open Putty (No Install Required), In the category section choose Session and fill in the details as follows:
- Click Open.
- A black window will open with the login prompt. Enter the login as ‘newuser’ and the password as ‘newuser’ [without quotes].
(NOTE: When entering the password, it might seem the password is not typing but just enter newuser and press enter)
- Next Enter the information as follows:
- Enter a login name for your account (choose a unique one)
- Enter a password
- Enter a password for your MySQL Database
- Enter your email address
- Choose editor : Enter pico
- Choose language : Enter us
- Choose your vhost : Enter shell
- Choose your HARD DISK : Enter hdd1 or hdd2
- Press Enter to continue.
- Now your Shell Account is ready, Make sure you remember your Username & Password.
How to Make a SSH Tunnel.
- Re-Open Putty.
- Put the hostname as ‘shellmix.com’ and Choose SSH, Set port number to 22.
- In the categories choose SSH > Tunnels and fill in the information as follows:
In the step number 4 you can choose any port instead of 4567
- Now click Open, In the prompt enter your login name and password.
- Now leave the windows open.
- Open Mozilla Firefox, Click Options > Advanced > Network > Settings and Setup the settings as follows:
In the step number 3, Enter the port number you have set in the Putty.
- Now click OK and your SSH Tunnel is Ready.
- Go to IP2Location and check your IP to confirm you are anonymous.
- To Disable SSH Tunneling just go to Mozilla Network Settings and Select No Proxy and in the putty prompt type logout.
Hope you liked this tutorial, If you have any doubts or queries do ask them through the comments.