How To Use a Proxy Server

So you want to learn to use a proxy server. The first thing to do is to familiarize yourself with the basics. You need to know exactly what a proxy server is and how it works. Then you must consider the different ways in which a proxy server is used and your own personal needs for one.

A server is a computer system that runs a specific type of software and stores information. It acts as a central system that other computers can tap into to access files and information. These computers can be in one network such as a closed office network, or just connected to a server through the Internet. Each web page and all web-based applications must store their information on a server of some kind. Then the client computers tap into and access the files in order to view them or run some sort of application.

A proxy server is a computer that is used as a go between system that operates between a single computer or network and a larger network system like the Internet. The proxy server acts as a middle man that will intercept all interactions coming from one computer or network to the other. All information sent or received goes there first. One of the most common uses for a proxy server is to browse the Internet anonymously. They can also be used to speed up networks. The proxy server can cache or store images and other file types that get used frequently. This allows that information to be quickly sent and loaded onto the receiving computer.

How you use a proxy server depends on the browser you use for the Internet. First let's start with Firefox. Start with a simple engine search for the term "free proxy." Once you find a site that lists some free ones, choose your port and I.P. address. Then open your browser and go to tools, options, advanced options, network tabs, and then settings. Go to the manual proxy configuration and simply add the new port and I.P. information. Click on OK and you're all set.

For Internet Explorer go to the Tools menu and to Internet options, connections, and LAN settings. Add the new I.P. where it says address and the port where it says port. Click OK to close the first box then OK again to close the Internet options box. You're now set to browse the Internet with a proxy server.


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