In order to use a proxy on your computer, you will require a proxy server; and therefore, be aware of the required settings. Proxy basically assists in speeding up the transfer of data from the server to the computer. It allows you to save and transmit the data without going through the main server. It is quite similar to how the teaching assistants execute their tasks. The teacher already answers certain questions without the students having to ask.
There are a lot of ways on how a proxy server works. For example, user A and user B want to look at the same web page. Once User A has already visited it, the proxy server will save it. Later on, when the same information is requested by User B, the proxy server will copy the page and send it to the other user, without troubling the central server.
To use a proxy server, you need to know how to access the settings.
Accessing Proxy Settings
Usually, the ISPs supply the software installation via CD – ROM, so you can easily download the settings.
If you do not have enough knowledge in using the proxy server, you can always request assistance from the service desk. The technical support may help you, on how to use the proxy server, saving your time and effort.
Alternatively, you can find the guidelines over the internet. There are quite many technical forums that can assist you in finding out the answers to your questions.
Settings for Internet Explorer 7 and 8:
In our earnest desire to help you, here’re the configuration settings you can follow to set up a proxy on your computer.
- Click the “tools” menu
- Go to the “internet option”
- Then, click the “connection” tab
- You will now see a box – in the dialogue box. You can see the full name. The LAN (Local Area Network) settings are located in the bottom right LAN corner
- Check below the heading or the “proxy server”
- Enter the address and get the port in the boxes. To be sure, you should ask technicians, to let you know exactly what is the information needed
- Click the ‘OK’ button
- Finally, click “OK”, and you’re done!
A proxy server has a lot of uses, in addition, to the speeding up the transfer of information between the server and your computer. Proxy servers provide security by masking your identity. It helps you protect from malicious pages or web sites, and can even block the scammers and viruses. However, you’ll still need to install a reliable anti-virus on your computer, just to be sure.
You can read more about the Advantages of a Proxy Server here.