My home country is India, but presently I stay in Stockholm. So, many times I face the issue like some Indian sites are not opening / blocking or not accesible from Sweden IP ( EU restriction or some other "Security" features ). Also, there are few sites in Sweden which are not accesible from Indian IP, when I am in India. So, always in a need of VPN / Proxy in both locations. But, to be honest, I really don't want to burn my pocket every month for a mere VPN, as it required only few times a month.
So, was thinking of a #Lazy and cheap way to deploy a VPN or Proxy for short time. Suddenly I thought why not using SSH itself to do that ! Checked man page and found -D option, obvioysly we used before for SSH tunneling or other purpose.
So, if you are using following command on your system , it will open a sock5 proxy on mentioned port till the command is running ( until you press CRTL+C ) .
ssh -N -D 0.0.0.0:1080 localhost
Added -N for security, as -N means
-N Do not execute a remote command. This is useful for just forwarding ports.
But, remember, it is not secure by default ( it can not be added with login / pass for the proxy, so open to all ). Though you can create an iptables rules to allow only your IP.
Please remember , it is just a quick way to solve your purpose of accessing some local site for shorter period. Now, how to get a server locally - be creative :-) . ( Do you know amazon , oracle , google cloud give 1 micro instance for free per account on your choosen zone ? )
Do you need a long term solution and a full fledge VPN or proxy ? Check dante for socks and openvpn to setup your own VPN on your own server or VM.
Now client side, on browser - I use Firefox and this plugin is very handy to setup proxy per tab - Container proxy . Surely you can find some plugin for your daily browser.