SOCKS Proxy for ALL Web Traffic

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So I have a SSH Client and a SSH Server. I am to encrypt web traffic(traffic to web server) via Firefox Socks proxy. Right now it seems like encrypting internet traffic is application based only? Example, config firefox,ie,etc.

Is the above question true? If not is there a Windows application that allows encrypted internet traffic WITHOUT configuring browser specific applications?

How about Linux wise? Eventually I want to take this to a Ubuntu computer (ssh client) that is connected to a ssh server and use sock proxy.


SOCKS proxy is proxy on application level. There is settings in NetworkManager in Ubuntu, where you can define the SOCKS address and port (there will be probably some in network settings in windows), similar as you did it for Firefox, but it is up to the other applications if they respect system-wide proxy configuration or not. They can simply “go outside” to the internet directly. I believe most of the simpler apps will ignore it.

If you want to encrypt all traffic point-to-point, you should look for VPN. There is also basic VPN in openssh itself, but setting up VPN is over the extent of this answer.

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