Configuring IE 10 to use an SSH SOCKS Proxy Server

You can configure the Internet Explorer 10 browser to use a SOCKS proxy server set up via an SSH connection by the following steps:
  1. Hit Alt-T to bring up the Tools menu.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. Click on the Connections tab.
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    IE 10 connections tab

  4. Click on LAN Settings.

    IE LAN settings

  5. Click on "Use a proxy server for your LAN (These settings will not apply to dial-up or VPN connections)."
  6. Click on the Advanced button.

    IE proxy settings

  7. "Use the same proxy server for all protocols" should be unchecked. Type, which is the "loopback", aka localhost, address for your client system, in the SOCKS field.
  8. Put the port number you selected in the Port field, e.g. 1080, if that is the port you selected.

    IE proxy settings

  9. Click on OK.
  10. Click on OK again.
  11. Cick on OK again on the Internet Options window.

Your HTTP and HTTP web traffic should now be routed through the proxy server. You can verify that is so by visiting a site that shows your IP address, such as WhatIsMyIP before and after you make the proxy server change. Note: if you are behind a local firewall or router on your LAN that is performing network address translation (NAT), you will likely see the same IP address in both cases, so this method of ascertaining that you are being routed through the SOCKS proxy is for the case when the SSH server on which you've established the SOCKS proxy has a different external IP address.


  1. Creating a Socks Proxy Server with SSH
    Date: November 28, 2006
    MoonPoint Support
  2. Using PuTTY to set up a SOCKS Proxy Connection
    Date: February 15, 2015
    MoonPoint Support


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