Proxy Server Configuration for Windows XP

Proxy Server Configuration

I found an interesting article about a proxy server configuration on the eHow website and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

 

How to Configure a Proxy Server for Windows XP

 

By Randall Shatto, eHow Contributor | updated March 25, 2012

 

Proxy Server Configuration
You can configure a proxy server in Windows XP.
Your IP, or Internet Protocol, address sends information from your computer to the Internet. When you surf the Internet, you expose your information. You may have wondered why certain sites know where you are. This is because your IP address is traceable. Most of the websites that you visit are safe and there is no need for worry. Usually, companies track your IP address for advertisement purposes. A proxy server is another computer that you can use to mask or hide your real IP address from the Internet. It works as a gateway between your computer and the Internet. Using a proxy server will protect your IP address so it is not traceable.

Proxy Server Configuration Instructions

 

  1. Click on the “Start” button and select “Control Panel,” then scroll to “Internet Options.”
  2. Select the “Connections” tab. Under the “Local Area Network (LAN) Settings,” click the “LAN Settings” button.
  3. Click the box under “Proxy Server.” Select the box next to “Bypass Proxy Server for Local Addresses.”
  4. Open your Internet browser and go to a proxy server website, such as Public Proxy Servers. Decide on a proxy server address.
  5. Click on the “Address:” box in the “Local Area Network (LAN) Settings” window. Type in or paste the address from Step 4. Next to the proxy server listing, there is a port number. Insert that into the “Port:” option.
  6. Click the “Advanced” button to change the proxy server for various Internet features. Insert the address and port of the proxy server in each box. Skip this step if you want to use one proxy server for your Internet browsing. Press “OK” three times to save changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Proxy servers can have harmful spyware and adware. Most proxy servers are safe, but use them at your own risk.

Notes

An interesting program for Proxy Server Configuration is the Elite Proxy Switcher that changes your IP using a proxy so that the website regards the proxy’s IP as your IP

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