Did you know that Kim Jong Un, the glorious, fearless, and immaculately rotund leader of North Korea, loves Mac OS X (and possibly Madonna)? If not, you’ll want to check out this video about Red Star OS, the operating system which the North Korean government has put together for their citizens.
One question I often see has to do with setting up proxies and browsing from a different IP address. While this tutorial isn’t about how to browse the web anonymously, it explains how to tunnel your traffic through a web proxy. This can be used for:
- circumventing some types of censorship,
- slightly more private surfing,
- bypassing stateful packet inspection and content-filtering firewalls,
- accessing your instaFaceTwitSnap from work,
- getting around IP-based geo-blocking, and
- otherwise rebelling against the man.
To outside observers, it will seem as if you’re browsing from that remote machine. Here’s my ASCII-art version of what this looks like:
(You) <====== [encrypted tunnel] ======> (your server) <====> [your web browsing traffic, going to the sites you visit].
The whole thing takes about 3 minutes to set up; here’s how: