Securely Connect to your Home Computer from Work and Use it to Browse the Internet (GSW Business SSH Tunnel)

The GSW Business Tunnel is a versatile and secure connectivity tool that allows you and your coworkers secure access to required network services that are often risky due to non-secure locations or impossible due to firewall configurations.

With the GSW Business Tunnel, secure tunnels are built over a network between the Business Tunnel_boxTunnel Software and an SSH Server. Each tunnel may contain one or more channels where encrypted traffic is encapsulated and is sent through an encrypted channel providing the security you need to confidently connect over a wifi network.

Scenario:  Your company firewall blocks all internet browsing. You have received permission to access certain websites for work, but company policy will not allow the firewall to be opened up to the HTTP traffic.

Solution: The company firewall is open to SSH traffic. You can create a secure tunnel to an SSH server located at home (or anywhere else that you have access) and browse the internet. By setting up the Tunnel, the Channel, the router port forwarding configuration and the SSH Server configuration, you can be browsing the internet securely within minutes.

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Setting up the Tunnel –

  1. Set the address of the SSH Server Host. In this case, the router is forwarding to the SSH Server Host, so we use the router IP Address.
  2. Set the Authentication Requirements. In this case, Authentication consisted of a Logon name and a password.

Setting up the Channel –

  1. Select Dynamic Port Forwarding
  2. Set the loopback address (127.0.0.1) as the local address.
  3. Choose an available port for the local port. We selected 10080.

Setting up the Router – Your router will need to be configured to port forward to the SSH Server.

SSH Server Configuration –

  1. Make Sure your local port forwarding is enabled on the SSH Server. With the Georgia SoftWorks SSH Server, the setting is in the registry.

Setting up your Browser Configuration –

  1. Enable the Proxy Server
  2. Configure SOCKS Address and Port

You can now securely connect to your home computer from work and use it to browse the internet!

For more information, visit: http://www.georgiasoftworks.com/products/tunnel/tunnel.php

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