How to Set Up Proxy Server Settings for Mac OS X

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How to Set Up Proxy Server Settings for Mac OS X
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Proxy servers are used for a variety of reasons: sometimes it is used to conceal the identity of the computer, while other times proxy servers help to identify and monitor Internet traffic. Whatever the use, setting up and using proxy servers within Mac OS X is a simple process that requires less than five minutes to complete.

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Things you need

  • Proxy server information
  • Apple computer

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  1. 1

    Obtain the proxy server information you are being asked to use. Typically this will be for a HTTP proxy, which is used for Internet traffic. If the address you are given has a .pac extension, this is a proxy configuration file.

  2. 2

    Click the "apple" icon in the upper left hand corner of your screen, and then click "System Preferences." The preferences window will appear.

  3. 3

    Look for the "Internet & Wireless" heading, which typically is the third group of icons down. Click on "Network." A window listing the available network connections will appear.

  4. 4

    Click on the network connection with a green circle beside it---this is your currently active connection. Click on the "Advanced" button in the lower right hand corner. The connections settings window will appear.

  5. 5

    Look for the "Proxies" tab across the top and click on it. A list of available proxy options will be shown. If you received an HTTP proxy, check "Web Proxy (HTTP)." If you received a web address with a .pac extension, check "Automatic Proxy Extension."

  6. 6

    Enter the information you were provided in the right-hand side of the window. In the case of a Web proxy, ensure you enter the correct port (this is the number field beside the ":" in the window) and enter a username and password for your proxy if necessary. Click "OK" when finished.

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