SSL Tunnels - can I use it for browsing to circumvent firewalls?

Here is my problem, I am often in China and can’t access pages like, and other very common pages.

Is there a way that I can configure webmin so I can browse pages via my VPS?

My idea is something like this page > > but those public pages won’t last long and will get into the China block list very soon.

If you have SSH on your local system, you can set it up to act as a SOCKS proxy, which would allow you to browse the Internet using your server as a proxy.

There’s a number of howto’s regarding that throughout the Net – search on “openssh socks proxy” brought this blog entry up first:

Actually in the end I just followed this:

I just had to open a Putty connection and set the proxy in my browser to with the right port.

Really easy!