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OpenSSH: The Poor Man's SOCKS Proxy

Jan 22, 2009, 07:32 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Eil for this link. ]

"Many times I have been stuck on an "untrusted" Internet connection and need to log in (insecurely) to a certain site. My university, for example, uses a system that has no way of logging in via HTTPS, nor does it secure the traffic to and from the browser. I have moderate faith that the folks at my ISP aren't snooping my traffic (since I know the company pretty well and used to work with them), so I don't have a huge problem logging into their site at home. I also have a colocated server at the web hosting company I work for, so I know the layout of their network even better and trust them not to snoop or interfere with my traffic. But when I'm on the road connected to some dodgy insecure hotel wifi, I acquire no small amount of anxiety over the fact that anyone with a packet sniffer can get access to all of my personal and academic details."

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