How to configure a proxy on Windows 10?
One of the main problems that we need to take into account and maintain up-to-date with all levels and the users who make up the organization and to whom we provide support and management. designs established in the software. organization to preserve these pillars.
Although we can implement and use many options to optimize information security, we can implement one in Windows 10 systems: the use of a proxy server guarantees confidentiality during navigation.
One of the aspects that generates the most security and confidentiality issues in all places and regardless of the environment, home or business, is how we surf the web because we know that our data can be stolen or lost. Attackers can use open ports to access the system and from there to perform incorrect operations.
We will find out that this is a proxy server, how to implement it in Windows 10 and help it solve the problem of improving the security and confidentiality of each user of the structure. of the network.
What is a proxy server?
A proxy server is essentially an intermediary between client computers and the Internet. With this operation, when we browse the websites, they will see the IP address of the proxy server but not that of the equipment that requested navigation, which reinforces security on the client computer because it will not detect it. not.
There are two types of proxy servers
- HTTP proxy server: It is most used because it is implemented for the entire web navigation process with HTTP and HTTPS protocols
- SOCKS Proxy Server: It is more advanced and can be implemented for different protocols such as FTP, SMTP, among others.
Functions of the proxy server
Among the main features we find when using a proxy server, we have :
- Authentication: Thanks to this, we can implement authentication systems as users and passwords in order to keep a more organized administrative control.
- Filtering: By setting up a proxy server, we can create defined rules to prevent access to certain websites.
- Caching of sites: thanks to this option, we can access the websites visited in a much more agile way. You can find it as a cache proxy.
1. Configure the proxy server in Windows 10
We will then see how to configure a proxy server in Windows 10 with the identification information that has been provided to us in our organization, as this approach will be used for external connections, without clearly affecting internal connections. This process includes compatibility with all browsers we have in the operating system, such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.
To start the process of configuring the proxy server in Windows 10, open the Start menu and select the Configuration tab . The next window will appear. Select the Network and Internet option and in the displayed window, click on the Proxy option .
We can see that Windows has the option to automatically detect configuration using the web proxy protocol or the WPAD (Automatic Web Proxy Discovery Protocol) protocol by default to automatically connect if it detects the respective identification information .
In the event that identification information is provided by a proxy service provider or by the site on which we are going to connect, we must deactivate this option by clicking on the switch and adjusting its status on Off. In addition, we will activate the Use configuration script option and, in the script address line, enter the path to the connection script. Once the script provided is entered, click the Save option to apply the modifications.
2. Manual configuration of the proxy server
To use this option, it is necessary that we have the address where the proxy server link and the port will be required for its connection. This information must be provided by the respective organization or supplier.$ config [ads_text5] not found
To enter these values in Windows 10, we activate the option Use a proxy server located in the Manual configuration field of the proxy and enter the route and the port provided. With this, Windows will send all network traffic via the proxy.
To define exceptions in this process, i.e. to connect directly to the website, you can enter these addresses in the Use proxy server field, except for addresses starting with the following entries. Using the * .local option, we indicate that everything that ends in .local is omitted from the proxy server and that we can connect directly.
It is possible to check the box Do not use a proxy server for local addresses (intranet) and thus prevent all traffic linked to local links from the proxy server.
3. Configuration of a proxy server in Windows 7
We will also show how to configure a proxy server in Windows 7, as many users still use this efficient operating system.$ config [ads_text5] not found
To do this, access the configuration panel and select the Network and Internet option .
There we select the Internet Options line and in the window we will go to the Connections tab
As in Windows 10, the detection of proxy servers is done automatically in Windows 7 and it will be necessary to enter the corresponding script provided by the supplier or by the organization.
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To enter it, click the Use automatic configuration script box and in the Address field, we will enter the corresponding script :
To manually define the address of the proxy server on your connecting port, check the Use a proxy server for your local network box and enter the respective data provided to you.
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The bypass proxy server field for local address omits the local addresses of the proxy server, as we saw in Windows 10. If you press the Advanced – Advanced option, you can define the addresses that will be omitted by the proxy server and configure the proxy server. for other additional protocols such as FTP or HTTPS :
Click OK to save the changes. We can see how the proxy server configuration process is simple and completely secure.
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3. Use of free proxy servers
This approach is more intended for home users who want anonymous and secure navigation. The use is quite simple since it is enough to access the address of the link and write on the website to visit to access this site anonymously.
Some free proxy servers we can use are:
This link provides us with a free list of proxy servers available worldwide.
In this way, we have several options available to navigate anonymously and increase the security of our data and therefore our confidentiality on the network, because it is a fundamental problem for all users.
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