SSH Tunnel Is The Easiest Way To Tunnel On Your Android Device

Android: SSH Tunnel is free, open source, and provides one-click SSH tunnelling for the entire system or individual apps. The app's official purpose is to allow users in China to bypass what's been called "the Great Firewall", but it can be used by anyone who'd like to ensure private browsing.

SSH Tunnel is extremely simple to use. The entire app consists of one menu page, which itself is broken down into simple sections. You enter the server and port you want your device to connect with and the login information. Then you choose whether you want to use a SOCKS proxy or not, and finally which apps you want using the tunnel (or, if your phone is rooted, you can choose to make the tunnel system-wide). Once you do have SSH Tunnel set up with your preferences, you can save them as a named profile.

To get system-wide tunnelling on a rooted phone, you only need to check two options in the app after entering the server information: "Use socks proxy" and "Global proxy". As long as the server you're trying to connect to is set up to receive SSH connections and is able to proxy them, that's all there is to it. The app just works.

With SSH tunnelling, somebody in Australia can use a service like Pandora by tunnelling through to a server in America. Flip it the other way, and an Australian could use a service like Spotify by tunnelling to Europe.

SSH Tunnel [Android Market]


Comments

    Does it support public key auth?

      The app claims to support public key auth, but I don't see how. There is a key file manager, but it doesn't appear to do anything.

    Sounds neat. The only use I think I'd have for it is if I knew my work's WLAN password so I could get my phone connected (data reception at my desk is piss-weak).

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