It’s easier than you might think.

socks is actually built into openSSH, so its really a trivial matter to setup a local proxy.

$ ssh -D 12345 myuser@remote_ssh_server

will open up the port 12345 on localhost as a socks proxy and all your traffic can be specified to go through the tunnel and out of remote_ssh_server

For firefox 3, go to Edit->Prefrences->Advanced->Network->Settings

and set it to use a Manual Proxy, localhost, port 12345 socksv5

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