I think the level of concern is sufficient and justifiable that puts everyone's Internet Privacy into question.
So, expect my stories to continue to take a bent on security and privacy and what measures can be taken by you to be proactive in seizing control of some aspects of your Internet Privacy.
Not surprisingly, the reality of obtaining true privacy on the Internet requires a mix of technologies, but all have one common denominator: encryption. (Image credit: kean.edu)
Think of encryption as being a lock. It's your lock on your data or data stream.
So, in this story I'd like to demonstrate how one can, using most any Linux Distribution, secure an anonymous Internet session using Secure Shell (ssh).
Most every Linux Desktop Distribution includes in its tools bundle ssh. I won't get into why, but suffice it to say that ssh is the standard de rigueur for all manner of system administration. There are many books written about it.
If you happen to be using Microsoft Windows, you may want to consider installing Cygwin (recommended) or Putty to have secure shell available.
Okay this example will assume you are using Linux. So here goes.
First step will be for you to establish a shell proxy account. There are many from which to choose. Mine is silenceisfeat.com to which I have my own personal login account.
So, with a shell account now in place, we need to establish a connection to it using secure shell. The connection obtained using ssh establishes an encrypted channel, or, tunnel.
In this example, I am using my own credentials by opening a terminal window and typing:
[dietrich@localhost ~]$ ssh -D 8080 silenceisdefeat.com email@example.com's password: Last login: Tue May 28 11:36:50 2013 from cpe-24-58-xxx-xxx.twcny.res.rr.com OpenBSD 5.1 (GENERIC.MP) #188: Sun Feb 12 09:55:11 MST 2012 _ __ welcome to _ __ ____ __ _____(_) /__ ____ ________ (_)________/ /__ / __/__ ____ _/ /_ / ___/ / / _ \/ __ \/ ___/ _ \/ / ___/ __ / _ \/ /_/ _ \/ __ `/ __/ (__ ) / / __/ / / / /__/ __/ (__ ) /_/ / __/ __/ __/ /_/ / /_ /____/_/_/\___/_/ /_/\___/\___/_/____/\__,_/\___/_/ \___/\__,_/\__/ for support visit http://silenceisdefeat.com/support Come idle with us on irc.oftc.net's #sd! 2012-08-16 Upgraded to 5.1 2012-07-31 PHP works again in user web space, and your scripts now run as your user with suPHP. Sorry that took like a year. -bash-4.2$
Ok perfect. Per, the above, we now are connected, or tunneled to the shell account.
Leaving the terminal window open is important, or, your connection will terminate.
Now we need to use a browser which supports proxy configuration. In this example I show how to set up a proxy with Firefox. You may have heard of it. ;)
First, load Firefox, then on the menu, go to Edit->Preferences and this window should display:
|Firefox Preferences, Select Advanced (top), then the Network Tab|
|On the Advanced Network Tab, click the Settings button|
|Set to Manual proxy, using port 8080, localhost 127.0.0.1 and SOCKS5|
Once set, click OK, close Firefox and reopen it. As I know my WAN ip is 24.58.x.x, I am now checking my ip address returned by website whatsmyip.org, which when plugged into website ip2location.com confirms the outbound WAN ip in a Chicago, Illinois location.
|Website WhatsMyIp.com returns the ip of my proxy.|
|Website ip2location.com shows the ip of my browser is in Chicago, Illinois|
So, my tunnel from Upstate New York is connecting and going out the other endpoint of the tunnel in far away Chicago.
There you have it. A simple free way to surf anonymously.