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What is a Proxy Server, Why and How to Use Proxy Server | Geek Winky

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If you spent much of your time on surfing Internet then you have somewhere came across the term Proxy Server. Today we will discuss abou this in detail. So lets start with its definition.

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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 To Use 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.

Using Proxy on Google Chrome

Step 1 - Open Google Chrome

Step 2 - Click ፧ on the Right Top most corner of Browser.

Step 3 - Click Settings. It's near the bottom of the drop-down menu.

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Step 4 - Scroll down and click Advanced. This option is at the bottom of the Settings page.

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Step 5 - Scroll down and click Open proxy settings. It's under the "System" heading near the bottom of the page. This will open up Internet Properties Window.

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Step 6 - Click LAN settings. This button is under the "Local Area Network (LAN) settings" heading near the bottom of the page.

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Step 7 - Check the "Use a proxy server for your LAN" box. It's below the "Proxy server" heading.
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Step 8 - Enter your proxy server's information. Fill out the following fields:
          Address - Enter the proxy server's address.
          Port - Enter the proxy server's port number.
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Note: You can find these details in many websites. Some of the sites are listed at the end of article.

Step 9 - Click OK. This saves your proxy settings.

Step 10 - Click Apply. Doing so applies your settings. You should now be able to browse anonymously in Google Chrome, though you may need to restart your Chrome browser.

The Internet Options settings also apply to Internet Explorer, meaning your Chrome proxy will also work for IE.


- Many universities and workplaces have dedicated proxy servers.
- Remember that when you use a proxy, the owner can log, store, and save anything that is passing through.


- The US Computer Fraud & Abuse Act and the EU Cybercrime convention (2001) both clearly define it as a crime to use an open proxy.

- Open proxies are very useful to crackers: they can capture any unencrypted (using HTTP as opposed to HTTPS) session cookies and credentials that are going through them.
Steps to use proxy server is more or less similar to steps shown above for Chrome.

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Article By : Atul AgrawalSr. Technical Writer & Editor @ Geek Winky
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