What i want to know is whether it is possible to connect to a proxy with an ssl (or otherwise encrypted) connection? (I'm suspecting this is possible because TOR encrypts user connections to it's network.) If such a thing exists, what is it called, and is it easy to implement (say with firefox and foxyproxy)?
All i could find were questions about whether it's possible to relay (or tunnel) an ssl connection through a proxy, but i'm not looking to do that. What i want to do is have an ssl connection to a proxy (so the traffic between me and my proxy cannot be eavesdropped upon by any intermediaries). I don't neccesarily want the connection that the proxy makes to the destination url be encrypted via ssl (only when the destination url supports it).
By the way, in my case I am using foxyproxy and firefox, but the question is more about the general principle. And i am aware of TOR, but i'm not looking for that level of anonymity and TOR is too slow for my day to day surfing needs (i am thinking of only routing really sensitive traffic through tor, and day-to-day privacy-sensitive traffic through the proxy).