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I am alot on business trips using the hotel's hotspot. I connect to my solaris-server using putty/ssh and establish a socks-proxy. Using Chrome and Proxy Switchy, I surf via the sshd's socks-proxy.

Is there any possibility to temporarily block all other network-access bypassing the proxy? I really dont want to appear any pop3/imap data on the public wifi when starting thunderbird my mistake...


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This is why you normally use IMAP with SSL enabled... – grawity Feb 1 '12 at 18:07
If you have your own server, why wouldn't you setup an VPN, so you can tunnel everything? – Zoredache Feb 1 '12 at 18:10
I use IMAP over TLS, but mentioned the unencrypted way as an example. I like the very lightwight proxy-approach. What is a recommended VPN-solution? OpenVPN? – hotzen Feb 1 '12 at 19:25

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