I believe this is called connection tunneling? or proxy?
I want to use the internet connection of a remote server, is it possible? with Chrome or Firefox + ssh?
How would I do that?
You are talking about SSH dynamic port forwarding. Not knowing your OS, here I provide different methods for different OS's.
Tunnelier is a nice and fast solution to use socks proxy in Windows. It is faster than MyEnTunnel, Putty and other SSH clients based on plink.exe when port forwarding.
After filling in your SSH account information, you will get a socks proxy on
By default, Tunnelier opens not only port forward function, but also SFTP and SSH Shell. You can uncheck the boxes of "Open Terminal" and "Open SFTP".
Mac OS X and most Linux distributions:
They can use command-line OpenSSH software for port forwarding. Commands are something like
If you want to use SSH port forwarding in Mac OS X in GUI, you may also try iSSH software. It provides a user-friendly interface for you.
BTW, I live in China Mainland, we Chinese are kind of "experts" in SSH port forwarding because we need to use SSH or VPN to bypass the Great Firewall of China to visit blocked websites like Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Viemo and millions of other sites... Hard life, right?
If you're using Windows try WinSCP. It will allow you to do what you were talking about, SSH tunneling. Using this program would probably be easier than trying to do it manually.
Putty is capable of creating such tunnels (if we're talking about a Windows machine):
An explanation/Howto for this you can find here.
If you are on a Mac, you might want to take a look into the SSH Tunnel Manager.
Then there's a general introduction plus a howto for Linux behind this link.