A proxy server is a software or a dedicated computer that acts as an intermediary for client requests. Most proxies are used as web proxies in order to filter or cache browsed web content. Using a proxy in order to maintain anonymity or bypass security restrictions is also common.

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What are the benefits of using a proxy?

I know students and employees use them to get by web filters. But what else? I hear about "privacy and security" but I can never find anything really explaining it. I did see one link that said it ...
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How can I tunnel all of my network traffic through SSH?

Whenever I'm using the internet from an insecure location (such as public wifi) I like to use an ssh tunnel (ssh -D port host) to ensure my traffic can't be sniffed. Unfortunately, there seem to be ...
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How to view Internet Explorer auto-detected proxy settings?

When Internet Explorer is set to auto-detect proxy settings, is there a way to view what it detects?
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How can I make my IP address appear to be from another country?

How do I make it appear that my IP address is coming from one country while I'm located in another? I live in Germany and some websites (like Hulu or Youtube) don't work because my IP isn't in the ...
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How do I know what proxy server I'm using?

I need to know what the address for my proxy server is so I can configure another program to also use it. If I go into IE, Internet Properties, LAN Settings, then all I see is an automatic ...
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Global proxy settings for Windows

How do i make Windows (Vista) to apply certain proxy server for all applications that use internet?
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Can I make Windows 7 change my proxy settings based on my network connection?

Moving my LapTop between work and home I need to change my internet proxy settings. Is there any build in way for windows 7 to change these settings based on my currently active network?
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How to make Notepad++ use proxy with username and password?

This has been a frustration for a while - I am trying to figure out how to configure Notepad++ (now at v5.6.8 Unicode) to use a proxy server with a specific username and password when connecting to ...
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Freeware local proxy engine for Windows? [closed]

Is there a nice and small, freeware proxy application that runs in the system tray? It should support HTTP and HTTPS proxy connections, NTLM authentication and configurable rules (different proxy ...
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How to install NPM behind authentication proxy on Windows?

I need to run the latest version of Node and NPM on Windows. I installed Node 0.5.8 and downloaded the sources of NPM from GitHub. The steps I followed to install NPM were listed on its GitHub site ...
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How to use ntpdate behind a proxy?

Is it possible to use ntpdate behind a HTTP proxy with authentication? In case it is not possible, are there any good alternatives?
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How to disable internet access at night on the router?

I have an internet connection that I'd like to be enabled only during the day. With multiple household internet devices, this would need to be something disabled at the level of the router. I don't ...
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easy_install will not connect through proxy

I'm running Ubuntu Server 10.04 64-bit under VirtualBox, and it seems that everything except easy_install and pip can connect to the Internet. I have set and exported the http_proxy environment ...
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How to setup a work -> home -> internet http tunneling service

I want to know which program is recommended in order to setup such as scenario, i.e. accessing the Internet from work or other places where traffic is monitored by installing a HTTP tunneling service ...
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In Windows 7, how to change proxy settings from command line?

How do I change proxy settings from command line in Windows 7? I'm not talking about just the http_proxy. I need to set system-wide proxy settings (the ones in Internet properties setting). How ...
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How to tunnel HTTP over SSH via SOCKS?

This should be a simple issue to solve, but for some reason it's not working for me. ssh vps works just fine (I use authentication keys) I set up the tunnel with the command: ssh -C2TNv -D 8080 vps ...
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How to bypass web URL filtering service to access blocked websites (proxy)

I'm using network, where services such as Gmail or any other e-mails, Google Drive, Dropbox, all social networks are blocked. Basically my goal is to access simply GMail, but I couldn't find any way ...
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How to do DNS through a proxy in Firefox?

I am using Firefox 3.5.7 with FoxyProxy. I have an ssh tunnel forwarding 8080 through to an HTTP proxy server on the other end. With FoxyProxy, I send work traffic direct but everything else goes ...
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Firefox asks for proxy details, but only when accessing facebook

At work, all requests are forwarded to a central load-balancing, caching Squid proxy server. If I try to access Facebook from within Firefox, I get the standard proxy authentication dialog: The proxy ...
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Convert HTTP requests to SOCKS5

I'm currently doing some testing work with TOR and ran in to a small problem. Tor's client only supports receiving connections through a SOCKS5 protocol, but the applications I'm using only support ...
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How to make a port forward in Mac OS X

I'd like to make all incoming connections to port 1000 of my host (IP: 200.234.XXX.XXX) to be forward to the port 80 on host 10.211.55.5 How can I do it on my host? It is running Mac OS X 10.5.8
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Disable/enable the proxy on a tab by tab basis in Firefox

Is it possible to disable/enable the proxy connection on a tab-by-tab basis in Firefox? I can access the internet with the proxy enabled, and I can access our internal servers with the proxy ...
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What is the difference between a proxy and a VPN?

There are several service providers out there that allow a user to circumvent firewalls or anonymize their web access. Some of them use proxies, some use VPNs. Most people say that VPNs usually work ...
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Can VMWare be configured to use a proxy?

I'm evaluating some software solutions, so a simple "yes" or "no" would be nice. I'm having some issues getting a simple answer with my own searches... The configuration would work like this: I ...
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Google chrome proxy authentication dialogue timeout

I am on a network that uses LDAP proxy for authentication based on a username and password. Whenever I start Google Chrome, it pops up with a proxy authentication dialogue, but the dialogue ...
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How to check if a Socks5 proxy works

Is there an easy way, preferably by using the Linux terminal, to check if a Socks5 proxy works?
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Google Drive with proxy authentication

I'm unable to connect the Google Drive application to the Internet. I'm quite sure it's because of the proxy authentication. How can I fix this problem? Windows 7 64 bit, proxy with authentication.
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How can I run ALL http request through Charles Web Debugging Proxy - including command line ones?

I'm using the Charles Web Debugging Proxy software to debug HTTP requests. It works great with my desktop browsers, Chrome and Firefox, and it even sees HTTP requests that other programs make. When I ...
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Running a persistent irc client over ssh

I'm looking on advice on how to run a persistent IRC client from a server and allowing me to connect from different computers. I want the IRC client to always stay connected, even when I'm bringing ...
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How to install chrome when behind a proxy?

Here at college, I am behind a proxy. To install chrome, I download ChromeSetup.exe file and run it. Now it needs to connect to the internet in order to download the actual software. But I am behind ...
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Chrome + Tor + Proxy Switchy!

Chrome 7 keeps showing a dialog saying: 514 Authentication Required when I use TOR. How I solve this?
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How to get Microsoft Security Essentials to work through a proxy?

It only seems to work for me with a direct connect. And i cant find anywhere to set a proxy. Windows 7 64bit. As for why... we are in development network that is isolated from the organizations ...
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How to get the real IP address of someone using a proxy?

I was researching digital goods and security when I stumbled upon this company. One of the services they provide is "Real IP". They claim to be able to get the real IP address of users even when ...
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Toggle proxy settings based on the wired/wireless connection you make

Without using third party software, is there a way to have Windows toggle your proxy settings on/off based on the wired/wireless connection you make? I'm aware that I could create a registry script ...
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Linux command line to turn off proxy

Can you show me the command line to turn off proxy when I am using the command line terminal in Ubuntu?
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http proxy over ssh, not socks

The question is simple, but the answer is not : ssh -D 8080 user@host or ssh -gCNf -D 8080 user@host or wathever with -D # I need a kind of proxy that i can use with http_proxy variable, ...
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How to specify wildcards in proxy exceptions in Firefox?

IE supports wildcards in proxy exceptions like: mycompany-*; *.mydomain.org; 192.168.1.* What I have to insert in the proxy exceptions in Firefox? I read wildcard * is not supported at all, but found ...
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Chrome: Do not use system-wide proxy settings

Is it possible to configure the proxy for chrome separately, i.e. without using the global windows proxy configuration? I remember there were some discussions about adding a commandline switch for it ...
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Increasing network speed on low bandwidth

I'm struggling with the following issue: Given a computer with low-medium CPU/RAM capabilities, and an extremely poor network connection. Poor means here 10-15 kb/s. I would like to do something to ...
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How does circumventing IP restrictions through DNS work in the case of hulu.com?

I just heard from an australian guy that it is possible to watch hulu.com from Australia (which is actually restricted by country IP checks) by using certain DNS servers. Now I was wondering, how ...
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Why is Google Chrome not saving proxy username/password?

Is there a way to have Chrome save username/password for proxy servers, so I don't have to type them in every time I start it up?
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Setting http_proxy for Chromium in shell

In order to set proxy in Chromium browser, one needs to go to Settings → Under the Hood → Change Proxy Settings → Network Proxy. It's too complicated. How do I set http_proxy in shell? I've ...
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Configure VirtualBox to connect to Internet through proxy

I'm currently trying to run Chrome OS in VirtualBox 3.0.1. Windows XP Pro is the host system. The actual behavior is Chrome OS starts up fine, reaches the login screen. Once so, when trying to log ...
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How do I set the proxy for Cabal?

I am using Ubuntu behind a (Windows) proxy. I would like to use the cabal utility. jem@Respect:~$ cabal update Config file path source is default config file. Config file /home/jem/.cabal/config not ...
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How do you permanently disable the 'This Connection is Untrusted' page on Firefox

I'm going insane. Can someone please help me to COMPLETELY DISABLE the 'This Connection is Untrusted' page on Firefox. Facts: I am running Firefox 23.0 on an Ubuntu machine (downloaded and ...
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Metro Apps on Windows 8 aren't working with static IP behind auth proxy

In Windows 8 Professional, Metro Apps and Windows Update do not work with static IP settings behind authenticated proxy server. They work with DHCP on the same proxy settings (we have DHCP for wifi ...
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How to force any program to use SOCKS?

I want to use a SOCKS proxy for all my programs that want to connect to Internet. I am connected to my ISP using an ADSL modem. Is there any virtual system or settings which can let me do this? I ...
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SSH proxy problem

I used to use follows as my proxy server start c:\ssh\plink.exe -N username@mysite.com -pw mypasswd -P 22 -D localhost:8003 Now my company decides to block 22 port and I cannot access the 22 port ...
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How can I use SVN through a proxy?

How can I use Subversion through a proxy? Currently the only way for my to connect to the internet through a proxy, so a proxy has to be specified.
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Configuring Linux to use Windows proxy

I need a Debian box (without X) to use a Windows proxy server with authentication. Normally I can do this with the env variable: http_proxy=http://USERNAME:PASSWORD@PROXYIP:PROXYPORT ...