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Socks SSH Tunnel in Windows

You may use whatever SSH client you wish, but we only provide instructions and links for putty because it is well known and free. Other SSH clients can be found here, but you are on your own with install and configure issues for anything else.

Install and configure puTTY:

  • Download:
  • Install
  • Start PuTTY
  • Where it says Hostname (or IP address) type in the server name you got in your welcome message.
  • Where it says Saved Sessions type in Cotse SSH Tunnel
  • Click the Save button
  • On left click the [+] next to SSH
  • Click on Tunnels
  • In Source Port type 5000
  • In Destination type
  • Click Add button
  • Select Connection -> Data -> Auto-login name and add your cotse username.
  • Select Sessions
  • Click Save button again.
  • PuTTY is configured, now to launch it.
  • Double click on Cotse SSH Tunnel and log in with your cotse username (all lower case) and your password (password is case sensitive and will not echo, just type it and hit enter)
  • Do not close the window
  • PuTTY must always be started first, then launch web browser.

To configure FireFox:

  • Run FireFox
  • Click Tools - Options
  • Click Advanced
  • Click Network
  • Click Settings
  • Click Manual Proxy Configuration
  • Enter and port 5000 in the Socks Host line only. ALL OTHER ENTRIES MUST BE BLANK!
  • Click OK
  • Click OK again
  • Surf away.

Firefox Socks Remote DNS:
(To enable remote DNS lookups)

  • In the browser location bar (the place where you type web addresses), type about:config and press Enter. This opens a different set of Firefox preferences.
  • Where it says ‘Search:’ or ‘Filter:’ at the top, type network.proxy.socks. The list of preferences will automatically change to show your proxy preferences.
  • Find ‘network.proxy.socks_remote_dns’ below and double-click it. The value will change from flase to true. If it does not with a double-click, right click it and select Toggle.
  • Close Firefox and restart it.

To configure Internet Exporer:

  • Run IE
  • Click Tools - Internet Options
  • Click Connections
  • Click Lan Settings
  • Click the checkbox for Use proxy server for your LAN
  • Click Advanced
  • Enter and port 5000 in the Socks Host line only. ALL OTHER ENTRIES MUST BE BLANK!
  • Click OK
  • Click OK again
  • Click OK again
  • Surf away.

Note: We recommend Firefox with the NoScript and AdBlockPlus addons for your best and most configurable privacy protection.


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