A kill-switch is a security feature that can be used to prevent a device from connecting to the internet if the secure connection is terminated. This means that once the kill-switch is activated, the device cannot access the internet without being disconnected from the secure tunnel.
The primary purpose of a kill-switch is to ensure that your internet traffic is not accidentally leaked outside of the secure tunnel, especially when using a VPN or proxy service. If the connection to the secure tunnel is terminated for any reason, the kill-switch will automatically block all internet traffic, keeping your data secure.
A SOCKS5 proxy is a type of proxy server that allows you to route your internet traffic through a third-party server. SOCKS5 proxies are commonly used for enhanced privacy and security, as well as for bypassing internet censorship and accessing geo-restricted content.
When you use a SOCKS5 proxy, your browser or application will automatically route its traffic through the proxy server. The proxy server acts as an intermediary between your device and the internet, masking your IP address and encrypting your data.
Follow these steps to configure a SOCKS5 proxy in the Firefox browser on your desktop:
Note: The "about:config" settings page was removed from the standard version of Firefox on Android. The following steps are applicable only to Firefox Nightly (the development version of Firefox).
Open the Firefox Nightly browser on your Android device.
Enter "about:config" in the address bar and tap on "Go."
In the search field, enter "proxy" to filter the proxy-related settings.
Scroll down to "network.proxy.socks" and enter the IP address of the SOCKS5 proxy server (e.g., 10.9.0.1).
Scroll down to "network.proxy.socks_port" and enter the port number for the SOCKS5 proxy server (e.g., 1080).
Change the value for "network.proxy.socks_remote_dns" to "true" by toggling the switch.
Change the value for "network.proxy.socks_version" to "5" by selecting it from the dropdown menu.
Change the value for "network.proxy.type" to "1" by selecting it from the dropdown menu.
Clear the field for "network.proxy.ftp" by deleting any existing value.
Clear the field for "network.proxy.http" by deleting any existing value.
Clear the field for "network.proxy.ssl" by deleting any existing value.
Tap on the back button to save the changes and exit the "about:config" page.
A kill-switch is a valuable security feature that prevents accidental data leaks by blocking all internet traffic if the secure connection is terminated. A SOCKS5 proxy, on the other hand, allows you to route your internet traffic through a third-party server for enhanced privacy and to bypass internet restrictions.