Use SSH as a VPN

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This page summarizes how to utilize ssh to create a "poor man's" VPN. This can typically be done using any default install of ssh on a Linux system but this tutorial was written using a default install of CentOS 5 and utilizes Windows 7 as the client. This example creates a SOCKS proxy, which isn't a full VPN connection like OpenVPN.

This tutorial is geared more towards home users. A full VPN tunnel is possible with sshd but it cannot be accomplished easily in Windows and therefore isn't easily used on multiple OSs.

If you notice a problem with this How-To or would like to provide feedback, please email Matt.

Prerequisets

Linux server with sshd installed

PuTTY

Create the SOCKS Proxy

Open up putty and enter in your server address Socks1.jpg