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SOCKS Proxy

If you don’t have access to a VPN connection, but you want to tunnel your internet connection through an external server, you can use the SOCKS proxy settings.

  • In the Terminal app, open a tunnel:
ssh -D 8080  -f -C -N username@address.of.server
  • You will be prompted for your password
  • Then go to System Preferences and create a new location
  • Click on advanced and then click on ‘Socks Proxy’
Image of Network Settings
Network Settings
  • Enter 127.0.0.1 (the localhost IP address) followed by port 8080 (internet)
  • Click apply
  • Your web traffic will now be routed through your server.
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