Proxy server is a relatively new technology, which appeared and became actual because of the appearance of many locks on sites and servers. This technology allows you to easily bypass any locks, hide the real ip address, which is a unique identifier, thereby eliminating the possibility of blocking the user by the owner or administrator of the network node.
What does it mean to use proxy and their types
The use of proxy implies the appearance of a new link in the chain of the user – the site. When a proxy is enabled, all data to and from the target host will go first to the server and then to the recipients. Such a move allows the user who uses a proxy connection to secure his data, to maintain anonymity in the network.
Quotation: Those wishing to remain anonymous on the network use multiple serial proxy connections to protect themselves even from detection attempts by specialized equipment and technicians.
The servers offered to the user are divided into several types:
- paid and free servers;
- individual proxies and fast proxy;
- secure and fast servers.
Paid and free servers offer various features and functions. In particular, paid servers may offer a greater level of protection or anonymity. Fast servers may also require an extra charge, but they are faster. Such proxies are popular for those who need to download or upload a large amount of information, or for surfing the network.
Secure proxies are distinguished by additional levels of encryption, which guarantees additional security and anonymity, often for security are offered servers with mandatory authorization.
Finally, individual proxies are better if a specific task is to be achieved. Then a server that is maximally adapted for such purposes will be the best solution.
It should be remembered that in addition to the difference in the servers themselves, there are several types of connection. Okay, we’re available today:
- Manual and automatic configuration via configuration files;
- Use of specialized programs;
- use of browsers or extensions to them.
There are browsers that already have proxy functions by default – they include Tor and Opera. Proxy extensions are available for all other browsers, which will take a minimum of time to install and configure. This approach will be inconvenient only because the proxy is only relevant for surfing the network, but the extensions are the best solution for the installation of a proxy by an inexperienced user.
Specialized programs will require certain skills and knowledge of network technologies, the ability to apply the LSAT teams. With the help of such programs you can not only connect to existing servers, but even create your own.
Quote: Proxy programs offer a huge range of products and are often much cheaper than paying for existing proxy servers.
Finally, the most popular and easiest way to enable a proxy server on your home computer is to manually enter the parameters to connect.
Connecting a proxy in Windows 10 or 8
If you are using Windows 10 or 8, you should press the “Start” button to set up a proxy, open the “Settings” item and find the “Network and Internet connection” section in it. Next you need to go to the proxy menu and set the value of “Manual Proxy Configuration” to “Manual Proxy Configuration”. Next, you will need to enter the data (server address and port to connect the proxy), and then the changes made should be saved. In case you need to disable the proxy, you can simply disable the “Use a proxy” item.
After these manipulations, the proxy server connection will be used instead of the standard Internet connection.
Proxy for Windows 7 or lower
If you are using an outdated Windows 7 operating system or an older version, you can use the proxy settings by opening the browser properties window through the management menu and typing in the address and port data. If for some reason the settings window cannot be opened in this way, you can use the Win+R key combination. In the opened window with the command line it is necessary to enter the command inetcpl. cpl. Then, regardless of the method used, open the “Connections” tab and go to the “Network settings” item. Here you need to enter data for connection and activate the item “Use of proxy server”.
As with newer versions of Windows, disabling the proxy is done by deactivating the corresponding item.
Configuration in MAC OS
If you are using an Apple computer, you need to open the system settings and find “Network”. Next, go to the “Advanced Settings” section and open the tab of proxy servers and their settings there. In the MAC system, the user will need to select the required types of servers and enter their own address and port values for each of them.
You can disable the unnecessary proxy by simply removing the checkmarks from it.
How to configure proxy for android
If you need to install a proxy on a tablet or phone running on the Android operating system, you can do it as follows
- open the wireless network settings and clamp the active connection or, depending on the OS version, call up the context menu;
- Next, you need to open the advanced network settings;
- then manually configure the proxy address value and its port;
- we’re keeping the changes.
To disable the proxy on the device running the android OS it is necessary to find the item “Proxy” in the settings and deactivate it.
Configuring proxy in IOS OS
For IOS, the same sequence of actions is performed with only a slight difference in the name and location of items, which depends on the OS version. Open the wireless network connection settings (find the icon next to the active connection) and click on “Prock Settings”. The type of setting is set manually. Enter the address and port of the proxy server in the opened window, save the changes made. The proxy is disabled by means of the slider on the item “Proxy setup”.
It is worth noting that all of the above examples imply methods of how to set up a proxy server for the entire system and installed programs.
If the proxy is necessary exclusively for surfing on a network it will be much easier and more convenient to use specialised browsers, as for example Opera or Tor, or to establish on a browser available in system special expansions. There are two methods to do this. The first one implies the use of a separately installed proxy browser, the second one is more convenient – by means of extensions it is possible to enable and disable the proxy at any time, at the request of the PC owner himself.
In addition, if the quality of the proxy connection of the selected extension is poor, you can replace it – you can change the proxy server at any time and as many times as you like.