How to set up a free proxy

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How to set up a free proxy
Proxy servers give you remote website access. (computer image by blaine stiger from Fotolia.com)

If you need to access a website privately or want to bypass web blocking software, a proxy server will allow you to access the site through a web server, rather than directly from your computer. PHProxy is a popular, free proxy software package that can be installed on nearly any web server. It is easy to install once you have your server space set up and FTP access to upload files to the server.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Web server space
  • FTP access

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sign up for server space. If you already have a web server, you can skip this step. If you do not, you can sign up for either a free hosting account for limited bandwidth or a paid host for higher or unlimited bandwidth. Make sure you have FTP access to your hosting account so you can upload files to the server and that your server can run PHP. Either way, take note of your FTP user name and password before moving on.

  2. 2

    Install an FTP program on your computer. Filezilla is the most popular free FTP program. It can be downloaded from Sourceforge.net. Follow the installation instructions for your computer. Make sure to download the right version for a Mac, Windows, or Linux computer.

  3. 3

    Download PHProxy for free from Sourceforge. PHProxy is a free proxy server software package based in the PHP programming language. It is easy to install on any web server. Download the free installation package onto your desktop. You can test the software at phproxy.org.

  4. 4

    Log in to your hosting account using Filezilla and navigate to your public_html directory. The public_html directory is where web pages are hosted on your server space. Choose one of your hosted domain folders and create a sub directory called "/proxy." Doing so will install the program to yoursitename.com/proxy (replace yoursitename with your website's name).

  5. 5

    Upload the entire PHProxy package into the /proxy folder on your server. Be sure to unzip the package and upload every file. Once the files are uploaded, use Filezilla to set the file permissions to 666, which will allow you to read the file from a web browser.

  6. 6

    Go to yoursitename.com/proxy and you can use your proxy from any computer with Internet access. If you are concerned about other people using your proxy, you can change the directory name from /proxy.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep your address private so no one else uses your bandwidth without your permission.
  • Some companies do not allow employees to bypass blocked website software with a proxy. You can be fired for doing this at some companies.

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