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Discussion on: Be anonymous, create your own proxy server with AWS EC2

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Ryan Collins

The other issue is your traffic isn't encrypted traveling to the proxy, which means your ISP still sees your requests for the various sites. I use Tinyproxy and an ssh tunnel:

ssh -L 8888:localhost:8888 users@vpn.vm

Then set up your browser to use a proxy on localhost:8888. Tinyproxy is set to only listen on the localhost. Using an SSH tunnel allows you to use the proxy no matter where you are.

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Ari Kalfus

Well, HTTPS traffic is still encrypted so your ISP won't see what traffic you mean to send, just that you are communicating with your VPN server in AWS because that is the only DNS traffic it see. So you're fine there, but again DNS over https is an easier and cheaper way to accomplish that.

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Ryan Collins

Your ISP won't be able to see the traffic, but they will know what sites you are visiting since those requests go across in plaintext. Here's an example line from Squid log when used as a proxy server:

1591682643.548 240341 10.70.13.198 TCP_TUNNEL/200 3208 CONNECT mail.google.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/172.217.6.101 -
1591682682.345    679 10.70.5.74 TCP_TUNNEL/200 4438 CONNECT v10.events.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/52.114.75.78 -
1591682708.770    345 10.70.13.197 TCP_TUNNEL/200 4007 CONNECT settings-win.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/52.183.220.149 -

That's the traffic your ISP will see. Since you aren't encrypting traffic between you and the proxy, even DOH won't stop your ISP from seeing the sites you are visiting.

Your plan is solid, except for the connection to the proxy server. 😄

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Ari Kalfus

You should be encrypting traffic between yourself and the proxy! That's half of a proxy's point

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Ryan Collins

😄 We're on the same page, except you didn't put that part in the article. You're not encrypting anything between your browser and the proxy.

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Ari Kalfus

Not my article!

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Ryan Collins

Ah man, it must be getting late, LOL! Apparently I've failed at reading tonight and probably should go to bed. 😄

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Viral Sangani Author

Sure, thanks for the suggestion, I will edit the part to encrypt the traffic between browser and proxy.