No, not for your feet. SOCKS is a generic Proxy protocol, currently up to version 5 and falling into disuse.

A NEC holds the rights (and the reference implementation - which includes a "socksifier" that redirects network calls to a SOCKS server) to the protocol, but there are several freeware implementations.

Applications known to support SOCKS:


  • FreeCap - a generic wrapper that will allow you to run pretty much any Windows application atop SOCKS (depending on protocol)
  • SSH - with the -D option, newer builds support SOCKS 5 and server-side name resolution
  • SS5 - simple, neat, SRPMs available for clean compilation under Fedora
  • Proxytunnel - not SOCKS, but useful alongside.

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