How to set Proxy Server with Google Chrome, Mac and Windows.
How to set Proxy Server: When using a proxy server with Google Chrome or another Web browser, your Web browser will send all of your Web browsing traffic to the proxy, which will act as an intermediary between your device and the Web servers.
A proxy can cache Web content that is frequently requested, refuse access to specific content or log traffic on Web browsing. Some networks can allow access to the Web by a proxy server. Google Chrome uses the system-wide proxy settings, built in the Properties dialog for Windows.
What is a Proxy?
Proxy servers are computer servers on the internet that acts as a firewall between you and the servers you want to connect to. Therefore, requests made to access a site’s server is made through the proxy server, which is the go-between. Data traffic from a web server you have requested resources from is routed through the proxy server before getting to you. By using Google Chrome with Proxy, you can access geographically restricted content or surf around the internet anonymously.
How do Proxy works?
You don’t need to be technologically savvy to use a proxy with your Google Chrome browser. All you need do is follow this guide to the very end.
Usually, when you send a request, for example, you visit www.facebook.com, your request to access Facebook’s server is sent to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Your ISP connects you to Facebook’s server using your IP address and location.
Using a proxy to connect to Facebook’s server, as usual, your request goes to your ISP. From your ISP, your request is redirected to your proxy server.
Your proxy server requests access to the Facebook server with your chosen IP address and location (not your real IP address). Information from the Facebook server is channeled to you through your proxy server. Therefore, the proxy server acts as a third-party between you and the websites you want to access.
Why do I Need a Proxy for Google Chrome?
Launched in 2008, Google Chrome is one of the fastest chromium-based browsers used to access the net by more than 40 million users worldwide. Google Chrome browser is a much-loved browser reputable for its simple UI and easy-to-use navigation.
Using the Google Chrome browser with a proxy gives you the following advantages:
Google Chrome browser allows you to bypass restricted content and websites. For instance, you can access Facebook using a proxy server if Facebook is restricted in your country or at your place of work. So with a proxy, you’re able to circumvent restrictions placed on contents by your company or government.
Browsing the web using a proxy helps you to do so anonymously without revealing your true identity and location. You can post comments online, access blocked contents, and do a whole lot of cool stuff online anonymously without any trace or link to you.
You can use a proxy server to monitor and control your kid’s or organization’s activities online.
Also, You can browse the internet faster by using Google chrome with a proxy server.
Proxy servers protect your privacy and improve your computer security by encrypting your requests and also blocks out malicious sites.
How to setup proxy on Google Chrome
This step-by-step guide takes you through the process of setting up a proxy server for Google Chrome web browser
Launch your Google Chrome browser
On the Google Chrome browser, click on the menu icon and scroll down to ‘Settings.’
Click on the ‘Settings’
Navigate towards the bottom of the ‘Settings’ and click on the ‘Advanced’ option
In the ‘Advanced settings’ windows, Navigate to the ‘Network’ section and click on the ‘Change proxy settings’ tab
You will be redirected to the ‘Internet Properties’ windows
Click on the ‘Use a Proxy Server’ button to toggle it on.
Click on the ‘LAN settings’ tab on the right, close to the bottom of the widows
You will be redirected to the ‘Local Area Network (LAN) Settings’ window.
Make sure to uncheck the ‘Automatically detect settings’ box.
Under the ‘Proxy server’ option, check the ‘Use a proxy server for your LAN’ box.
Enter the proxy IP address sent to your email by ‘ProxyRack’ in the ‘Address’ box.
Enter the Port no sent to you along with your proxy IP address in the ‘Port’ box
Click on ‘OK’ > Click on ‘OK’ to save your new proxy settings.
Note: it is essential to check and note your IP address via IP Lookup Service before and after effecting the proxy settings in your Google Chrome browser. This is to confirm that your Google Chrome browser can access the internet through a proxy.
Setting up a proxy server on the Windows network ensures that data traffic from apps using the internet on your PC are channeled through the ProxyRack proxy address. This ensures your data is encrypted across the internet. You also get all the other benefits of using a proxy.
Follow the steps below to configure your Windows proxy settings.
Press the Windows key and then type ‘Network Proxy settings’ in the search bar without quotes.
Now, click on the displayed result or hit the ‘Enter’ key on your keyboard.
Navigate to the ‘Manual Proxy settings’
Enter the IP address and Port no sent to your email by ProxyRack in the ‘Address’ and ‘Port’ field
You may be asked for your system username and password if your PC is password enabled.
Click on ‘Save’ to save the proxy settings.
How to set up Chrome Proxy Server on Mac OS
Access your Google Chrome browser’s menu (click on the three vertical dots) and then click on preferences to access your Google Chrome browser’s settings.
In the settings window, scroll down and click on the ‘Advanced’ tab at the bottom of the window.
From the options presented, navigate to the ‘System’ section and click on ‘Open proxy settings’ at the bottom
You will be re-directed to the ‘Network’ window
Under the ‘Select a protocol to configure,’ make sure the Web Proxy (HTTP) box is checked (it is the third box in a row)
In the ‘Web Proxy Server’ box, enter the IP address and Port no sent to your email by ‘ProxyRack.’
Check the ‘Secure Web Proxy (HTTPS) box (the fourth box after the Web Proxy box).
Enter your proxy IP address and Port no in the ‘Secure Web Proxy field.
Click on ‘OK’ at the bottom-right of the page
If your system is password enabled, you will be asked to enter your system password for Mac.
Enter your password in the password field and click on ‘Always Allow.’
Back to the ‘Network’ window, click on ‘Apply’ at the bottom-right of the page to save your proxy settings.
Visit a website with your proxy-enabled Google Chrome browser
On the website page, a window may pop up asking for a user name and password.
Enter your proxy user name and password and click on ‘Sign in.’
Disable proxy for Chrome on Windows
Click the Chrome Menu in the browser toolbar.
In the “System” section, click Open your computer’s proxy settings. (For Windows 7 and Windows 8 or 8.1 users, this will open the Internet Properties window.)
Under “Automatic proxy setup,” toggle Automatic detect settings Off.
Under “Manual proxy setup”, toggle Use a proxy server Off.
Disable proxy for Chrome on Mac
Click on the Chrome Menu on the browser toolbar. Then, select Settings.
At the bottom of the screen, click Advanced.
Under “System,” click Open your computer’s proxy settings. This will open the Network Settings window.
In the “Proxies” tab, under “Select a protocol to configure,” uncheck every protocol.
Click OK. You can close the settings windows now.
In conclusion, using or having to set a proxy server with Google Chrome browser ensures that you stay safe online, access restricted contents, and also protect your privacy.
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