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SSH Tunnel in Windows

Putty is a free SSH client. You may use whatever client you wish, but we provide instructions and links only for putty because it is well known and free. Other SSH clients can be found here, but you are on your own with install and configure issues for anything but putty.

Install and configure puTTY:

  • Download:
  • Install
  • Start PuTTY
  • Where it says Hostname (or IP address) type in the server name you got in the email when you requested SSH
  • Where it says Saved Sessions type in Cotse SSH Tunnel
  • Click the Save button
  • On left click the [+] next to SSH
  • Click on Tunnels
  • In Source Port type 5000
  • In Destination type 127.0.0.1:8888
    • Type 127.0.0.1:8080 to use filtered port. Filtered port passes through Privoxy for added safety but does slow it down
    • Socks Plus subscribers enter 127.0.0.1:1080
      (1080, not 8080 or 8888)
  • Click Add button
  • On left scroll to top and click on Sessions
  • Click Save button again.
  • PuTTY is configured, now to launch it.
  • Double click on Cotse SSH Tunnel and log in with your cotse username (all lower case) and your password (password is case sensitive and will not echo, just type it and hit enter)
  • Do not close the window
  • PuTTY must always be started first, then launch web browser.

To configure FireFox:

  • Run FireFox
  • Click Tools - Options
  • Click Advanced
  • Click Network
  • Click Settings
  • Click Manual Proxy Configuration
  • Enter 127.0.0.1 and port 5000
  • If not Socks Plus click Use the server for all protocols
    (if Socks Plus enter 127.0.0.1 and port 5000 only in Socks Host field and port. Then select Socks v5. Every other field must be blank for socks plus).
  • Click OK
  • Click OK again
  • Surf away.

To configure Internet Exporer:

  • Run IE
  • Click Tools - Internet Options
  • Click Connections
  • Click Lan Settings
  • Click the checkbox for Use proxy server for your LAN
  • Click Advanced
  • Enter 127.0.0.1 and port 5000 in HTTP
  • If not Socks Plus click Use the server for all protocols
    (if Socks Plus enter 127.0.0.1 and port 5000 only in Socks Host field and port. Every other field must be blank for socks plus).
  • Click OK
  • Click OK again
  • Click OK again
  • Surf away.


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