Liferea trick #5: privacy with a socks proxy
Starting with Liferea 1.10 you can use a SOCKS proxy. This is possible because Liferea uses the libproxy support provided by the libsoup networking library since 1.10.
What is a SOCKS Proxy?SOCKS stands for "socket secure" it simply means to use an encrypted connection for whatever you do. Configuring a SOCKS proxy in your desktop environment means that you want all applications to do internet access via an encrypted connection to a safe server you have access to.
Why Use a SOCKS Proxy for Feed Reading?Well, this of course is useful if you are in an environment were you do not want others to see what you are reading. Be it political blogs or private but unencrypted feeds. Also you simply might not want for your employer to know what servers you are polling news feeds from anyway. There are many good and bad reasons.
How To Use SOCKS Proxy with Liferea and GNOME?First please note that Liferea supports using a SOCKS proxy only via the GNOME network preferences. Actually it relies on libsoup using the SOCKS settings from there.
- Liferea 1.10+ with GNOME desktop
- You have a private server to use as a proxy
- You can connect via SSH to this server
Step 1: Connecting the SOCKS ProxyThere are many ways to do this and many online tutorials. The easiest way is to use SSH like this
ssh -D 8080 <user>@<private server>