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Proxy servers can be a blessing when you have to surf the net anonymously. They work great when you have to hide your IP to access geo-restricted or IP restricted content over the web. Proxies can also be useful for preventing unwanted cookies and keeping your data confidential. Such servers are able to cache websites, compress traffic and prevent malware.
If you’d like to try a proxy server for yourself, this article offers a step by step guide on connecting popular web browsers with proxy servers.
Before you start, make sure you install a good proxy server software onto your system.
Let’s start with Google Chrome
Open the Google Chrome browser on your PC or laptop. Go to the top right-hand corner and click on the “hamburger menu” or the icon with 3 lines or dots.
Go to Settings and choose Advanced Settings. You will find it at the bottom of the drop-down bar.
A new screen should come up. Locate Network and from there, take the cursor to “Change Proxy Settings”.
Another screen should open up under the name – “Internet Properties”. Go to the bottom of the window, and click on “LAN Settings” on the left.
As the LAN screen comes up, check “Use a proxy server for your LAN”, under Proxy Server. Then, enter the IP address of proxy server and also type the port number.
Click OK and it’s done.
Connecting Mozilla Firefox with Proxy Server
Open your Firefox browsing window. Go to the Menu on the top left.
Choose Tools from the Menu, and go to Options.
As the Options page opens, click on the Advanced Tab then choose Network, and from there go to Settings on the right hand side.
A page called “Connection Settings” will open before you. Choose the 4th bullet which shows “Manual Proxy Configuration”. A field will come up. Enter IP address of proxy server in HTTP proxy field. Enter port number in port field.
Now simply click on OK to start surfing the net anonymously.
Connecting Mac Safari with Proxy server
Open up Safari and choose Preferences. From there you will go to Settings.
As the Settings menu opens up, click on the Advanced button.
Click on Change Settings tab next to Proxies at the bottom of the screen.
Check on Automatic Proxy Configuration.
Next, look for the vacant box under Proxy Configuration File. Enter URL of proxy configuration file there.
Uncheck the PASV box at the bottom of the page.
Click on OK.
The rising trend of anonymous surfing, has caused the current tech market to be flooded with a number of proxy servers. Keep in mind that not all would be equally suitable for you. For example, not all servers are able to access all geo-restricted websites. Thus, you must be really particular about the specifications of the server before installing it on your system. You can check the proxy server reviews online to see what the experts and previous users are recommending. The one you choose should be a highly reputed one in the market and must be compatible with your specific browser.