Working outside and do not want to share your ip packets over wlan with some one else? then use ssh and its integrated socks proxy to create a tunnel between your laptop and a server on which you have ssh account. You connect via tunnel with this server and configure mozilla with proxy configuration to use it.
ssh -D 1080 <ssh-server>
ssh -fN -D 1080 <ssh-server>
Then write in the browser that you want to use a socks proxy. As address you give "localhost" and port is 1080 because of the sample. Feel free to change that.
ssh -L localport:receiverhost:receiverport user@remotehost
establishs a ssh connection to remotehost. Afterwards every connection query to the local host on port localport will be redirect ciphered to remotehost and then from remotehost unciphered to receiverhost:receiverport what is in most of the cases localhost.
An example is the use of an smtp server as postfix without having it configured for connection over the internet. This is the default property of postfix to prevent spammer abuse. If you have a ssh account this is no problem. Just open a tunnel to the remote host which redirect packets to the remote host and then to a port on the remote machine.
ssh -L 10025:localhost:25 firstname.lastname@example.org
ssh -fN -L 10025:localhost:25 email@example.com
Afterwards every package which goes to local port 10025 will be redirected to host.de and there to localhost:25.
A fine solution for people which have enough of configuring and compiling imap server like cyrus.
ssh -R port:lhost:lport user@host
establishs a connection to host and listen on port port. An expample is a connection from a secure host to a public host to give the oportunity of an ssh connection to the secure host.
To access an host behind some firewalls from the internet just establish a ssh tunnel into a host in the internet. Type in from secured host:
ssh -R 2222:localhost:22 user@publichost
Then you can connect to the publichost with
ssh -P 2222 user2@publichost
and you will be redirected to the secured host and have login there.