Its very important that when sitting at public wifi hotspots to use a secure tunnel to prevent people from grabbing your confidential data. Luckily if you have a linux machine (Ubuntu is very simply to get going with), and OpenSSH installed on that server (sudo apt-get install openssh-server), you can tunnel web traffic (or any other traffic for that matter) through the ssh tunnel. All you need on your windows machine is Putty (freeware), and along the left if you click on SSH and then on Tunnels, type in 1080 as the source port, and select the dynamic radio button. Connect to your ssh server, and once connected, open Firefox, click on options, advanced, network, connection settings, and under socks host, type 127.0.0.1 with port as 1080 as used above, all web traffic going through firefox will then be tunneled securely through your ssh server. Have fun and keep it secure :)Extension: Google Chrome doesnt really like Socks proxies, but to get it going issue this command (first navigate to where Google Chrome is installed)chrome –proxy-server=”socks5://host:port”

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