I had a need to watch Finland’s independence day celebration (Linnan juhlat) in Latvia and the celebration wasn’t available abroad so it was necessary to route my connection through my server in Finland. Because the stream required Flash, I wanted to use Google Chrome which supports Flash natively instead of traditional SSH tunnel + Firefox + SOCKS5. No vulnerable Adobe Flash plugin on my Mac, please.

After finding a good extension the process was straightforward. To remember the details in the future, I decided to write down some notes. I hope, these save someone other’s time also.

First, set up a tunnel.

ssh -D 9999 -C yourusername@yourserver.com

Then, install an extension called Falcon Proxy. A button should appear on the right hand side of your address bar.

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Click it, and then you should be asked to create a new rule. Create a new rule just like this.

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Now you are good to enable the rule. I found this step a little confusing. You need to enable the proxy using the switch and then check the radio button of the rule, which is next to the configuration symbol.

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And now you should be able to access content restricted to the area where your server is located.

Tom Himanen
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