What Is a Proxy

Proxy Server

A proxy or proxy server is basically another computer which serves as a hub through which internet requests are processed. By connecting through one of these servers, your computer sends your requests to the proxy server which then processes your request and returns what you were wanting. In this way it serves as an intermediary between your home machine and the rest of the computers on the internet. Proxies are used for a number of reasons such as to filter web content, to go around restrictions such as parental blocks, to screen downloads and uploads and to provide anonymity when surfing the internet.

Why Use a Proxy?

If you are wanting to surf the web anonymously then proxies can provide you with a means to hide your home IP address from the rest of the world. By connecting to the internet through proxies, the home IP address of your machine will not be shown but rather the IP of the proxy server will be shown. This can provide you with more privacy then if you were simply connecting directly to the internet. There are number of proxies that can provide you with service. You can find a list of these simply by typing “Proxy List” into any search engine. There are some proxies which are free and some which charge money, the choice is up to you but we have found that the paid proxies are more reliable, faster and more secure.

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How to Setup a Proxy

Most internet browsers can be setup to run through proxies in just a matter of minutes.

Internet Explorer Proxy Settings

  • Click Tools
  • Click Internet Options
  • Click the Connections Tab
  • Click LAN settings
  • Check the “Use a proxy server for your LAN” box
  • Enter the IP Address of the Proxy Server and the Port Number
  • Click OK
  • Go to WhatIsMyIP.com to check for proxy

FireFox Proxy Settings

  • Click the FireFox Button(The button in the upper left corner)
  • Click Options
  • Click Options in the new tab
  • Click the Advanced Tab
  • Click Settings
  • Click Manual Proxy Settings
  • In the HTTP Proxy Box enter the IP Address of the proxy server and the Port number
  • Click OK
  • Go to WhatIsMyIP.com to check for proxy

Google Chrome Proxy Settings

  • Click the Customize and Control Button(Button with the wrench picture in upper right corner
  • Click Under the Hood
  • Click Change proxy settings
  • Click LAN Settings
  • Check the “Use a proxy server for your LAN” box
  • Enter the IP Address of the Proxy Server and the Port Number
  • Click OK
  • Go to WhatIsMyIP.com to check for proxy

Safari Proxy Settings

  • Click Safari
  • Click Preferences
  • Click Advanced
  • Click Change Settings
  • Check the Web Proxy(HTTP) box
  • Enter the IP Address of the Proxy Server and the Port Number
  • Click Apply Now
  • Go to WhatIsMyIP.com to check for proxy

Proxy Detection

Are you truly hidden? We do provide proxy detection at WhatIsMyIP.com. If your proxy is setup correctly you will see it’s IP address on the homepage and you may receive a message that a proxy was detected. It is impossible to detect all proxies. We may not detect your proxy but that does not mean that other sites can’t.

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Brian has been a website administrator with WhatIsMyIP.com since early 2006. He's known in the forum as WIMIAdmin. He has an extensive computer background that started back in the early 80's when his mom bought him his first computer, a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A. Brian has turned his passion for technology into a full time gig.

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