Arclight wrote:Internet Explorer 9, Windows 7
Ctrl+Shift+T reopens recently closed tabs. Say you accidentaly closed a tab and don't really remember how you accessed it in the first place, what do you do? Well, now you know the quickest way to reopen it.
just brew it! wrote:My favorite browser trick actually requires a little advance preparation: You need to have a Linux server running on your home broadband connection with OpenSSH installed. Once you've got the server set up, the trick itself works with all popular browsers and client OSes.
When you're on the road using public WiFi hotspots, start a SSH session to your server (PuTTY is the best free SSH client for Windows), and specify the option "-D 1080" when opening the session. Now go into your browser's network settings and tell it to use localhost as a SOCKS proxy.
What does this do? It secures even insecure (unencrypted HTTP) connections from anyone eavesdropping on the public WiFi signal. All web traffic to/from your laptop over the WiFi connection has strong encryption applied to it, and gets bounced through your home broadband connection (which is presumably less vulnerable to snooping than a public WiFi hotspot).
Captain Ned wrote:Question: What does the "-D 1080" option accomplish?
just brew it! wrote:Captain Ned wrote:Question: What does the "-D 1080" option accomplish?
It tells SSH to create a SOCKS proxy with the client side accepting connections on port 1080 of the local machine, the Internet-facing side on the remote machine, and an encrypted pipe linking the two. SSH is often used as a secure transport for other things as well -- RDP/VNC remote desktops, individual remote X Window applications, efficient transfer/synchronization of entire directory hierarchies (underlying transport mechanism for scp/sftp/rsync), etc., and the beauty of it is that only one port (the SSH port) needs to be opened through any intervening firewalls.
It's stuff like this that has given SSH a reputation for being the "Swiss Army knife" of secure communications.
just brew it! wrote:The -D option is just the PuTTY (and SSH) command line equivalent of some of the settings in PuTTY's connection configuration GUI. For someone like me who jumps back and forth between Windows and Linux systems a lot, -D is easier to remember since it works the same in both universes.
Ryu Connor wrote:In PuTTY the -D option would be selecting the Dynamic radio button, IIRC.
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