How to Set Proxies on Various Devices & Browsers Easily

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Nadia Agatha
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December 22, 2021


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A proxy is an intermediary that sits between you and the internet. This means that the proxy has a function as an intermediary between the internet and the user’s device.

By using a proxy, the identity of your IP address will be hidden. To understand more, let’s first discuss what a proxy is.

What are Proxies

Proxies are often used for the reason of maintaining user security when surfing the internet.

As explained earlier, the proxy server sits between the user or device and the internet.

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That way, the way the proxy works is like this:

  1. You are using a browser or a device that uses a proxy server.
  2. The user enters the address or domain through the browser.
  3. Requests are sent through the browser to the proxy server.
  4. From the proxy server, the request is forwarded to the destination server hosting the website.
  5. Requests from the hosting server are returned to the proxy server and then to the user.

From the process, it can be seen that the proxy server here works as an intermediary that makes it appear as if the request is directly from the proxy, not the user or the device.

Apart from protecting user IP address information, the following are other functions of a proxy server:

  • Save bandwidth because there is a system caching.
  • Improve device security.
  • Open certain website blocks.
  • Control what content is accessible and which is not.
  • Makes the user anonymous.

Now, after knowing the benefits and how proxies work, let’s find out how to set proxies on Windows as well as various browsers.

How to Proxy Settings

To make settings on your device and browser so you can use a proxy, you can easily do the methods below.

1. How to Proxy Settings in Windows

Windows 10 can detect the proxy system automatically. However, if your company provides its own settings, you can follow these steps.

  1. Hover over the Windows icon and click to find the menu Settings.
  2. Click Network & Internet > Proxies.
  3. Select the toggle ON on Use setup script.
  4. Enter the script provided by your company.
  5. Click Save.

Meanwhile, to do manual proxy settings, you can find the settings right under the Automatic proxy setup section.

  1. Set toggle ON on Use a proxy server.
  2. Enter the IP in the address.
  3. Type the port number in the Port section.
  4. Save.

2. How to Chrome Proxy Settings

In the latest version, you can find the Chrome browser proxy settings by following the method below:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click the three lines button and click settings.
  3. Enter the System menu in the left bar.
  4. Click Open your computer proxy settings.

After that, you can follow the first method via Windows that we provided earlier.

3. Settings in Firefox

To make proxy settings in Firefox, you can easily follow the method below:

  1. Open Firefox > Click the three lines at the top right corner.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Scroll the cursor until it finds the section Network Settings.
  4. Click Settings.

By default, Firefox uses the same configuration as the device you’re using.

In addition, you can choose other settings provided by Firefox such as Manual proxy configuration, Auto-detect proxy settings for this networkand Automatic proxy configuration URLs.

4. Proxy settings in Opera

For Opera browser users, to make proxy settings from this browser can be done in just a few steps.

  1. Open opera browser.
  2. Point the cursor to the top right corner click Menu.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. On the left sidebar, select Advanced > Open computer proxy settings.

Now, after that, you can go back to following the first step about how to configure a proxy on Windows.

5. Settings in Safari

For users of Apple products, you must be familiar with this browser. Made specifically for Apple devices, Safari can also be used for proxy configurations.

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. In the upper left corner, select menu Safari > Preferences.
  3. Click advanced.
  4. Look for the Proxy label and select it Change Settings > Proxies > Manually.

You can enter information about the proxy server that you will use. Easy, right?

6. Settings in Microsoft Edge

How to set a proxy in Microsoft Edge is the same as with Chrome and Opera.

  1. You open Microsoft Edge.
  2. In the upper right corner click menu dropdown-his.
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. Scroll down until you find the menu System.
  5. Click Open your computer proxy’s settings.

That way, you will be redirected to Internet & Connection settings and for more details, please read the first part of the tutorial on how to configure this proxy.

How to use croxy proxies

Apart from using the settings provided by the company, you can also use the Croxy Proxy extension to use a proxy in the browser.

How to use this Croxy Proxy is:

  1. Open the add on or extension menu in your browser.
  2. Search for Croxy Proxy in the search tab.
  3. Add to browser.
  4. Click the Croxy Proxy icon on the taskbar.
  5. Activate it by clicking the toggle.

Done! This method is very easy to do, right? Now you can surf the internet safely and comfortably.

Closing

Proxies are another option besides VPN if you are looking for security in accessing the internet.

Configuring or setting proxy on devices and browsers can be done easily and through this article, you already know the methods.

But if in the end you decide to just use a VPN, Qwords also has the answer.

As Indonesia’s best hosting service provider, Qwords also provides a premium VPN named Diego.

Make your internet experience safer, dear friends of Qwords. See you in our next articles!

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