How To Set Up A Proxy Server

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How To Set Up A Proxy Server

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The prospect of changing proxy server settings might seem daunting, but as is the case with most computer settings, it’s very straightforward.

What is a proxy server anyway? Well, a proxy server is another layer you put in place between your device and the internet. Sometimes they’re described as an intermediary or a gateway. When a proxy is in place, it bridges the gap between your web browser and anything on the internet, such as websites and any cloud-based services you might use. Your traffic runs through the proxy before it goes to the internet, and vice versa.

Proxy servers are versatile tools and used mostly to provide additional security, such as a firewall, or to provide privacy by hiding your IP address behind another. They can also sometimes make your internet connection speeds faster.

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The difference between system settings and browser settings

There are many web browsers available, though not all proxy server settings work in the same way. Some proxy server settings adjust the system settings, and some modify the browser settings.

It’s crucial to understand the distinction between the two.

System settings

These change how your device handles all of your internet traffic. This setting means that all data sent via the internet gets routed through the proxy server.

That includes not just your browser but other apps on your device, such as your email client, streaming media such as Netflix and Spotify, and any downloads, updates or general traffic.

That’s great if all of your traffic needs to go through the proxy server, as it saves you entering the details elsewhere.

However, it can be a problem if you only want some traffic to go through the server or else you may push more bandwidth through the proxy than you intend to.

It can also be a problem if the proxy server only has specific ports open. If that’s the case, it could mean that many other applications, such as your email client, won’t work.

Don’t forget that the proxy server settings will remain in place when you close the browser! So if you only want to use the proxy for a short time, you will need to tell your device to stop using the proxy server.

Browser settings

These only send your traffic via the proxy server when using the browser to surf the web or download images, documents, etc.

Any changes in proxy settings here are only within the browser environment. All other data to and from the internet don’t go through the proxy server.

When you finish using the proxy server, you will still need to tell the browser to disconnect from the proxy. Otherwise, the next time you use the browser, your traffic will still get routed through the proxy server.

 How to set up a proxy server in Windows 10. Part 1

    1. If you have the search bar enabled, enter ‘proxy server settings’. Clicking on the first result should open the settings window. Alternatively, press Windows + I  together to open the main ‘Settings’ menu and search for ‘proxy server settings’.
    2. Check that “Automatically detect settings” toggle is set to ‘On’. Under ‘Manual Setup’, set the “Use a Proxy Server” toggle to ‘On’.
    3. Enter the proxy server IP address or hostname in the ‘Address’ field. Enter the port number in the ‘Port’ field (these should have been given to you by your provider).
    4. Click on ‘Save’.
    5. If you need to enter a username and password to connect to the proxy server, head over to the next section. Otherwise, you’re good to go.

How to set up a proxy server in Windows 10. Part 2

    1. If you have the search bar enabled, enter ‘credential manager’. Clicking on the first result should open the ‘credential manager’ settings window. Alternatively, press Windows + I  together to open the main ‘Settings’ menu and search for ‘credential manager’.
    2. Select ‘Windows Credentials’ and click on ‘Add a Windows credential’.
    1. Enter the proxy server IP address or hostname in the ‘Internet or network address’ field. Enter your username and password in the corresponding fields (these should have been given to you by your provider).
    2. Click ‘Ok’.
    3. And that’s it. Any further traffic sent to the internet should go through the proxy server.

How to set up a proxy server in MacOS

    1. Click on the Apple menu then ‘System Preferences’.
    2. Next, click on the ‘Network’ icon and select you connection, either Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
    3. Now click ‘Advanced’ then ‘Proxies’.
    1. If you want to configure your settings automatically, check ‘Auto Proxy Discovery’ and ‘Secure Web Proxy (HTTPS)’.
    2. Enter the proxy server address port number in the corresponding fields.
    3. If you have a PAC file (proxy auto-configuration), check ‘Automatic Proxy Configuration’ and in the URL field enter your proxy server address.
    4. If a password is needed to use the proxy server, check the “Proxy server requires password” checkbox. Then enter your username and password fields in the corresponding fields.
    5. Click ‘OK’ to save the details and you’re finished.

How to set up a proxy in Chrome

Chrome, along with other Chromium-based browsers, uses your Windows or MacOS system settings for proxy servers. When setting up a proxy server in Chrome, you just go through browser settings and then into your device’s operating system.

Here’s how to change your proxy settings from inside Chrome:

    1. Open the Chrome toolbar by clicking on the ‘three dots’ at the top right of the browser and from the menu click on ‘Settings’.
    2. At the top of the settings, there’s a search bar, and you can type in ‘proxy’. Chrome will automatically run the search for you.
    1. Just click on ‘Open your computer’s proxy settings’ and Chrome will open your system settings.
    2. Now just head back up to the instructions for your operating system, either Windows or MacOS.

How to set up a proxy server in Safari

Safari is another browser that defaults to the system settings for proxy servers. To change your proxy settings from inside Safari:

    1. Open the browser and in the toolbar click on ‘Safari’ then click ‘Preferences’.
    2. Now select the ‘Advanced’ tab. Under ‘Proxies’, click ‘Change settings…’
    1. Now you need to head back up to the instructions for MacOS and follow those settings.

How to set up a proxy server in Firefox

Firefox is much easier to use with a proxy server. Unlike the other browsers, Firefox gives you the option of setting a proxy at browser level or at system level. You can also set Firefox to auto-detect proxy server settings.

To access proxy settings through Firefox, you need to:

    1. Open the Firefox hamburger menu (very top right of the window) and select ‘Options’ which has a gear icon.
    2. At the top of the settings, there’s a search bar, and you can type in ‘proxy’. Firefox will automatically run the search for you.
    3. You should see one result, ‘Configure how Firefox connects to the internet’. Just click on the ‘Settings’ button.
    1. If your network administrator manages your proxy remotely, select ‘Auto-detect proxy settings for this network’
    2. Select ‘Use system proxy settings’ if you want use your system settings. Then head back up to the instructions for your operating system, either Windows or MacOS.
    3. To manually configure your settings, select ‘Manual proxy configuration’, then:
      1. In the ‘HTTP Proxy’ field enter the proxy server IP address or hostname. Also enter the Port number.
      2. Check ‘Also use this proxy for FTP and HTTPS’ if you need them.

How to set up a proxy server in Microsoft Edge

Edge is bundled in with Windows 10, and is a Chromium-based browser, just like Chrome. In fact, it’s so closely related to Chrome that the steps you need to take when setting up a proxy are identical:

    1. Open the Edge toolbar by clicking on the ‘three dots’ at the top right of the browser and from the menu click on ‘Settings’.
    2. At the top of the settings, there’s a search bar, and you can type in ‘proxy’. Edge will automatically run the search for you.
    1. Just click on ‘Open your computer’s proxy settings’ and Edge will open your system settings.
    2. Now just head back up to the instructions for Windows.

How to set up a proxy server in Android

Android can be tricky to set up a proxy server with as you need to configure a proxy server for each Wi-Fi network you use.

Even then, the only app that will definitely use the proxy server is your browser. Other apps may or may not use the proxy server, depending on their specific configuration, which you may have no control over.

To set up a proxy server in Android over a Wi-Fi network:

    1. Open ‘Settings’, then depending on your device, either ‘Network and Internet’ or ‘Connections’ and then ‘Wi-Fi’.
    2. If you want to configure the network you’re currently connected to, select the gear icon to open the settings for this Wi-Fi network. Then select ‘Advanced’ to open up a dropdown menu.
    3. To configure the settings for a different Wi-Fi network that you already have listed on your device, click to open it up. Then select ‘Advanced’ to open up a dropdown menu.
    1. Scroll down to the ‘Proxy’ setting and click to open it.
    2. Select ‘Auto-config’ If you’ve been provided with a PAC web address and enter your URL, otherwise select ‘Manual’.
    3. Enter the IP address or hostname of the proxy server and also the port number.
    1. Click to save the settings and then exit.
    2. If you authenticate by username/password then the browser will prompt you for these when you come to use it.

How to set up a proxy server in iOS

To set up a proxy server in iOS:

    1. Head to ‘Settings’ then ‘Wi-Fi’.
    2. Choose the Wi-Fi network you wish to use the proxy server with.
    3. Scroll down to ‘HTTP Proxy’. This will be set to ‘Off’, so switch it to ‘Manual’.
    4. In the fields, enter the server hostname or IP address and the proxy server port number.
    1. Toggle ‘Authentication’ to ‘On’ if you have been given a username and password and enter them into the relevent fields.
    2. Head back to save the settings and that’s it, you’re all set.

Do you want to see proxy server settings for any other devices or operating systems? Let me know in the comments!

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