The woes for Pakistani Internet users continue, it seems as if we have slowly learned to live life half crippled with no one bothering to have a second look at us. Blogspot has been blocked in Pakistan for around eleven months with absolutely no sign of relief, but despite all hurdles created by our own country crippling us to compete properly in the Internet era we have devised ways and means to circumvent this issue. Yasir and Naveed Memon helped us with the proxy servers located at Pkblogs and Inblogs, but over time it seems as if the servers are facing difficulty processing the encryption requests from the Blogger Beta upgrade. Bloggers who were on the old system are able to surf via pkproxy without a hitch but as soon as they upgrade their service it could very well be that blogger beta (more importantly www2.blogger.com resides on an IP that is blocked by PTA.
Having some problem surfing to blogspot websites with pkblogs I had resolved to try and find another solution, I went on a prowl for good solution after a massive hunt I came up with the idea of setting up a secure SSH tunnel in combination with FoxyProxy Plug-in on FireFox. Let me explain the process, its a little difficult setting up for a newbie but a step by step tutorial can solve the issue quite easily.
SSH Tunnel is an encrypted direct connection with some server located outside Pakistan and once connected into this tunnel you are actually sitting on the server and can browse the Internet without the PTA ever knowing any better.
The secure tunneling uses a direct, encrypted connection to the private server. Thus, even people with physical access to your network, telephone, broadband, or wireless communications (read PTA) cannot snoop on your Internet activities.
Without secure tunneling, network or ISP administrators (and talented crackers) can see what Web sites you have visited, what newsgroup files you have downloaded, and what e-mail you have sent or received
What you need to establish this encrypted tunneling is to subscribe to an SSH account one usually comes with hosting services like Dreamhost, then download PuTTy for Windows as the Terminal or Telnet client will not do lastly ensure that you are using a Mozilla based browser preferably FireFox armed with a FoxyProxy Plug in (btw if you are still using the stone age Internet Explorer, stop immediately Go to Jail, Do Not Pass Go, and just GET FIREFOX)
Creating and setting up the Putty account is probably a little time consuming as everyone may have a different configuration provided by their host but its generally easy. You can take help from a few good tutorials which I have also used to solve the problem but do remember to customize settings to the information provided by your host. Some good step-by-step tutorials are Damtp.ac.uk & PhilePlanet. Once past this hurdle of configuring PuTTy you are almost home free to finally configure your FireFox to use this secure shell connection every time you click on a blogspot.com domain to finally have a PTA free life forever more.
Setting up FoxyProxy to use blogspot.com
Enter the Options panel of Foxy Proxy and click ‘Add New Proxy’
Name the proxy settings with any name you like then in the General Tab then Go to Patterns Tab and select ‘Add New Pattern’ enter the details as follows and press OK
Go the Proxy Details Panel and enter the following information and press OK
Now every time you launch your browser just make sure you have PuTTy connected with your host and then resume normal life, let the shell tunneling solve all your headaches with the PTA gag restrictions. If you fall in love with this technology then you can easily switch to this being your permanently ultra-secure route to the world-wide-web.
If you have any technical questions please leave a comment below and I will try my best to help out