Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Using the Secure-Tunnel bookmarklet to secure your Web connection

I've been using Secure-Tunnel to securely tunnel Web traffic when connecting to the Internet from less than trustworthy locations.  Using the FoxyProxy add-on to Firefox, it's fairly easy to set up a tunneled profile based on URL patterns:


but what if you don't want or have the luxury of installing FoxyProxy on the computer you're using?  Wouldn't it be cool to have a lightweight bookmarklet to get approximately the same functionality.

I decided to see if I could try my hand at hacking a JavaScript silly string to do just that.  Breaking down the URL generated by the value-add service called ST Securebar by Secure-Tunnel, I was able to create the following hacked bookmark:


Yeah, ugly, right?  For convenience, I've created a small bookmarklet below:

Just drag the link up into your Bookmarks Toolbar and you'll be able to tunnel your currently displayed Web page within an SSH Secure-Tunnel.

Comments and questions welcome.

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