The question of bypassing all sorts of locks in the network has become very topical for an ordinary user. The fact is that technological developments have distorted the idea of free access to information online. Today, almost any user data can be obtained not only by special services, but also by hackers. To be safe, however, anyone can. Thanks to proxy servers, the average user can:
- to remain anonymous when you’re online and working with websites;
- bypass the existing locks, get access to the node that is prohibited for it;
- to keep your data safe from theft and third parties.
All you need to do is to figure out how to enable the proxy server on your computer.
How to add a proxy to your home PC
First of all, it is necessary to understand for what purposes and in what cases the proxy server will be relevant. As a help for an ordinary user we can give an example: in most cases, the functionality of a proxy server for an ordinary user is relevant only in the process of surfing the network – to visit a variety of sites. This is where the proxy uses all three of its functions:
- after starting a proxy connection to the network, the user can remain anonymous;
- In this way, you can bypass site blocking based on the geodata of the visitor;
- you can secure your data, keep your browser history private.
Quote: To maintain anonymity, it is worth clearing the browser history and cookies before starting the proxy server.
If a user needs to run a proxy server for surfing purposes only, do not consider manually configuring the connection or changing the operating system to configure the network to use a proxy for all programs installed on the PC. In this case we will be interested exclusively in proxy for a browser.
For example, setting up firefox to use a proxy server is extremely easy. To do this, you just need to install an extension that has the appropriate functions. After that, the network connection will already be made through the proxy.
The same situation with other browsers – all of them can work under a proxy, and for this purpose it is necessary to establish only expansions which today are offered the big assortment. It is not necessary to accentuate the name on concrete variants. To compare which one of them will work best, the user himself must. In each specific case, the result may be different, so the user needs to choose the best option for himself.
How to pick up a convenient variant, whether it is necessary to change frequently a proxy in a browser
To begin with, let’s answer the second question – how often you need to change the proxy server on your computer and why you should do it. It is not often necessary to change the extensions used, but it will be necessary. The reason for this may be a deterioration in connection quality, loss of packets of information, a sharp drop in speed or an increase in ping. In this case, you will need to find a new proxy that will provide better quality.
It is not necessary to dwell on one program, one proxy server – no matter how much you like it: its properties can change, and the high speed and quality connection provided earlier can change much, to become times worse. There’s no point in staying loyal, making your work online uncomfortable. Replacing the proxy with a new one, which can significantly increase the speed and facilitate the work, will be the right solution.
For example, changing a proxy server to Google chrome is very easy – you will need to remove the old extension and install a new one. Keeping two proxy server extensions in a browser at once makes no sense – they can conflict, take away resources and computing power of the computer.
Next, let’s look at examples of how to compare proxy servers and choose the best one.
First, you will need to measure the normal connection without using a proxy server. To do this, we will go to any website that offers speed measurements. As an example, you can name the site 2ip. Let’s start the test, which will take no more than a couple of minutes, and remember or record the results:
- the first thing we’re interested in is our current IP address;
- the second is the value of the incoming and outgoing speed;
- the third is the ping score.
So that the user understands what he or she is calculating and comparing, we will analyze these indicators. An Ip address is a unique identifier for our network connection. With the help of a proxy server we have to change it to a virtual one. Simply put, if we run the program through a proxy, run a second test on the site, we will have to get a different value. If it does not change, the proxy server does not perform its main task. This means that we will not be able to bypass the user’s network lockouts.
The second is the connection speed. This parameter directly affects how quickly we can upload and download data from and to the network. The higher it is, the better.
Ping – ping is a sign of the time spent on sending a request to the site and its response to the user’s PC. The lower the value, the better. Particularly critical for applications in social networks, computer games online and the like.
Quotation: Using a proxy server will degrade these values anyway, but that’s okay because we use a proxy as an intermediary between us and the target host on the Internet.
After we performed the initial test, we need to start the proxy server and check the quality of the connection underneath it. First of all, we pay attention to whether the IP address has changed. Next, we see how slow the speed has dropped and the ping has risen. It is worth noting that the drop in speed even twice as much will not be critical for surfing, but exceeding the value of 70-80 ms by pinging will already make the work in the network uncomfortable.
Quote: To choose a good proxy server, you need to compare several characteristics and choose the best one among them.
This way we can choose a normal proxy to work with. However, you should periodically check the connection quality and compare it with other proxies. The characteristics of the connection may deteriorate, or a proxy may appear that offers a better connection.
Other methods to run a proxy server in a browser
There are options that do not even need to be installed in the browser extension.
For example, you don’t need to set up a proxy server in an opera at all – it’s already there by default. To work with it, the user only needs to make one click, as well as one click to turn off the proxy. The Tor browser works in a similar way. It immediately assumes the possibility of entering the network under the proxy, with the replacement of the existing user’s ip address and the ability to maintain complete anonymity in the network.
The only disadvantage of such browsers and their proxies is that they cannot be replaced, but you can install proxy extensions.