I have on several occasions found myself on an insecure network (Such as ‘free’ wifi in a restaurant ) and wanted to browse the web securely. There are many ways to achieve this aim this is one of the quickest, assuming you have a server to SSH too.
Principle of a Socks proxy through a ssh tunnel
SSH to a system you administer/own and trust; This creates the secure connection (Make sure you know your fingerprints). Then tunnel your web traffic over this connection using a Socks proxy.