Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Tuesday, August 3, 2004

How To Access the Internet With Maximum Privacy: Create A Virtual VPN To Bypass Firewall Restrictions

"More and more employers and universities are becoming aware of the amount of time their employees or students are spending using the Internet for personal reasons. Obviously employers want to discourage this behavior and may implement a number of different ways to do so. This guide discusses a way an employee or student can securely access the Internet while at work or school, and also how he/she can get around common firewall restrictions that prevent using programs that tap into the Internet. "Securely" means that there should be no mean by which your employer can know which web sites you have visited or are currently visiting, and can not view or decipher the content of those sites (without actually standing over your shoulder.)

In addition to protecting you from network monitoring, this method can be used to get around a number of other security protections that may be in place:

  • Your employer or school allows access to most of the Internet but blocks certain websites that they consider non work related. Using this method you can access them.
  • Your employer or school blocks you from chatting at work using MIRC or ICQ or similar instant messaging programs. With the instructions contained in this guide you will be able to get around the firewall and chat at work.
  • You want to access your employer or school's Intranet from home. Setup the shunnel in the reverse order as I describe, with the proxy and SSH server on your work computer, and the SSH client at home. You'll be able to access Intranet websites from home just like you were sitting at your work computer."



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