Privoxy is a free and open source SOCKS proxy server implementation for UNIX-like operating systems. Privoxy is often used in conjunction with The Onion Router (TOR) to anonymise Internet traffic. You can test a Privoxy implementation, and any proxy server for that matter, is to use the proxy through a web browser. Setting up a web browser to use a proxy service only takes some minor adjustments and a trip to any Internet Protocol (IP) address website will let you know whether or not the proxy is functioning.
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Launch a web browser on a machine outside of the network on which Privoxy is hosting services. This allows you to get an accurate idea of whether or not your Privoxy service is available remotely or just locally.
Click "Tools" from the browser's toolbar menu, then "Options" or "Preferences" from the sub-menu. Click "Connections" or "Privacy"--depending on the browser. Some browsers have an additional "LAN Settings" or "Proxy Settings" button at this point--click that if necessary.
Enter your Privoxy server's IP address and port number. These will be the same settings you entered when creating your config file during the Privoxy set-up process or the IP address given to you by your proxy provider when you purchased your proxy subscription. Click "OK" to save the settings and exit the proxy configuration dialogue for your web browser.
Enter the address of a website that will display your IP address (see Resources). Many of these sites also have proxy checkers that will tell you the level of anonymity achieved by your proxy. If the IP address the website displays is the same as your Privoxy server's IP address, then the service is running properly.
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