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Also, remember that some programs don't respect the system's proxy settings and instead use their own. Firefox is one of those, you can find its proxy settings in "Advanced -> Network -> Settings"



Also Firefox doesn't put DNS through a socks proxy by default, which has some security implications and doesn't allow you to reach internal-only names. In about:config set: network.proxy.socks_remote_dns to True.


After Firefox 3.6.4, the default proxy selection policy is to use the system default, instead of no proxy.


http://lifehacker.com/237227/geek-to-live--encrypt-your-web-...

That link has screenshots to help you configure Firefox to use the ssh proxy.


Unfortunately Opera doesn't support SOCKS proxies. http://www.opera.com/support/kb/view/194/


Also unfortunately I think Flash and Silverlight media streaming don't respect proxies, leaving me unable to stream Hulu and Netflix when I'm in the UK.


They _should_, and do for me typically using Chrome.


alanstorm of stackoverflow answers that deal with Magento fame (well, fame being a relative term but famous to me, anyway)?


Yeah, I'm that Alan Storm. NOT the WCW scrub wrestler.




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