In order to safely (and effectively) bypass proxy servers in Firefox, you need to have a reputable anonymous Internet protocol program installed on your computer. There are downloads that use other proxy servers that might be available, but these do not cloak your own IP (Internet protocol) address, and thus do not perform the anonymity function users are looking for in a proxy bypass. Usually these programs are not free, but are inexpensive and effective nonetheless.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- IP cloaking program
- Internet connection
- Firefox browser
Sign up for an anonymous IP program, such as HotSpot Shield, GoTrusted or Steganos. HotSpot Shield is free, while GoTrusted and Steganos offer similar cloaking services for a nominal monthly fee.
Install the software on your computer. In most cases, you need to log in to the software with the username and password you registered under or submit a serial/activation code. Most programs limit use to one computer at a time, so make sure you only log in on one computer at a time.
Open the program and log in with your username and password. To begin cloaking your IP address, select the "Connect Session" or similar command. Make sure you're closed out of all browser sessions.
Wait for the program to tell you it is fully connected to the Internet and open Firefox. It might take a second or two longer to load than usual, but after that, the speed of surfing should be comparable to your uncloaked speed.
Close out of Firefox when you're finished with your session and exit the software. Always exit the software before logging off, or you could have trouble restarting the Internet without the cloaking procedure the next time you log in. If this happens, restart the computer.
Tips and warnings
- The key to secure proxy bypass is to surf using the VPN, or virtual private network, that your software provides. Programs that just switch proxies do not cloak yours and thus do not provide the same privacy as the ones that use a secure VPN to bypass your IP. All the programs listed in this article provide this service by default.
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