Use Your SSH-server as a Socks Proxy
Sometimes for whatever reason you want a secure internet connection. Maybe because you distrust your local network or your network filter some traffic. Openssh is able to speak the SOCKS protocol, which does the trick.
Open you ~/.ssh/config on your local machine and add the following lines:
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next connect to your server like this
This opens a socks connection on your local machine on port 1080. Now you are able to set up every application to use this proxy. These are the common required settings:
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Personally I use FoxProxy Basic extension for firefox to fast setup a connection, whenever needed.