SSH can be used as a poor men's VPN for applications that support SOCKS.
This approach does not substitute a proper VPN! But it might come in handy in some occasions:
- when VPN is not available / accessible
- to circumvent regional IP blocks
- to test your own IP-based redirects (and blocks)
Set up SSH Proxy
This command will open a SOCKS server on (local) port 8080, but not open a shell (
-N) and go into background (
Default settings from
~/.ssh/config will of course be applied.
The connection can be ended with
Chromium / Chrome
Chromium has CLI options to configure a SOCKS proxy. Unfortunately it is not possible (at the moment) to configure this with a GUI.
--host-resolver-rulesoption, Chromium might not use the Proxy for some non-HTTP requests (like DNS). More details can be found on the Chromium Wiki.
Multiple independent Chromium instances can also be started at the same time (possibly using different proxies) with
--incognito option will remove the temporal user data directory when the instance is closed.