Let's say, perhaps, that you are already forwarding your web traffic through an SSH/SOCKS tunnel at work (for privacy reasons that have absolutely no relation to accessing blocked sites LOL!) and you would like to use that same tunnel on your iPhone/iPod Touch. This is actually pretty easy to accomplish.
First, you need to make sure the SOCKS tunnel on your work computer allows LAN connections so your iPhone/iPod Touch can connect to it. To do this, you simply need to add
-g to your existing SSH command (something like
ssh -N -g -D 1080 [email protected]).
Most people think you can't connect to a SOCKS proxy from an iPhone/iPod Touch without jailbreaking it but the truth is you can. You simply have to create a Proxy Auto-Config (PAC) file, insert the function below in it (replace the x's with your IP and the y's with the port you used after the
-D in your SSH command), and save it to a web accessible place with a .pac extension. If you're reading this chances are you know how to serve a file over HTTP on your work LAN, so I won't delve into that.
Finally, on your iPhone/iPod Touch, go to Settings > Wifi and click the blue arrow to the right of your work network, scroll to the bottom, click Auto and type in the address to your PAC file (e.g. http://192.168.xx.xx/mysupersecretproxy.pac).
Congrats! Now you can surf the web securely from your iPhone/iPod touch ;)
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