Proxy servers can be used to evade website blocking software on a network, or to hide the origin of a request to a server. Other purposes are to centralise company Internet access set-up or to speed up response from file servers by directing all traffic to a caching proxy. All Windows-based communication software (e.g., web browser, e-mail, messenger, etc.) have the same set-up for screens for Network Settings. There might be small variations in the names of various buttons and fields, but the access to proxy settings on your PC will be more or less the same. You can nominate one proxy for all traffic or set up multiple proxies, each handling different categories of traffic.
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Open the "Tools" drop-down menu on the menu bar. All windows-based applications have this option (on Google Chrome, it has a symbol of a wrench). In this "Tools" menu will be an option called "Options"/"Internet Options"/"Settings." This opens a window with a tree structure menu to the left or a series of tabs at the top.
Find the option for "Internet" or "Connections." That page has a "LAN Settings" button. Pressing this button opens another pop-up window. In some applications, a "Proxies" option is immediately available in the first window.
Enter the HHTP proxy server address in the "HTTP" proxy fields. Enter the HTTPS proxy in the "Secure" fields, enter the FTP proxy in the "FTP" fields and the SOCKS proxy in the "SOCKS" fields. For Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Mail and Real Player, you have to press the "Advanced" button in the "Proxy Server" section of the "Local Area Network (LAN) Settings" window. In Mozilla Firefox, the options are "HTTP," "SSL," "FTP," "Gopher" and "SOCKS." MSN Messenger has only "SOCKS" and "HTTP," and Windows Media Player offers options for HTTP and RTSP (Real-Time Streaming Protocol). In each case, you enter an address and a port number.
Click "OK" to close each window once the proxy details have been changed. Some applications will have a "Save" or "Apply" button as well as an "OK" button. If this is the case, be sure to press "Save" (or "Apply") first before pressing "OK." This set up will filter your Internet traffic with each type of transaction filtered by a different proxy. You are using multiple proxies.
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