How to Set Manual Proxy Settings in IE, Firefox & Chrome?

Proxy servers are a great way to secure your identity in the virtual world of World Wide Web. The proxy server serves as a safety wall between the internet network and the Internet, so that your actual identity remains hidden from others. However the downside of this great technology is that it is increasingly being used for unethical purposes (read hacking). Therefore you should introspect carefully to decide whether or not you really require the services of proxy settings.

Presently we are concerned with doing proxy settings manually. There are different ways for setting proxy servers in different browsers, but once you reach the proxy settings tab, the process is almost similar in each case.

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How to Set Manual Proxy Settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome?

Internet Explorer:

  1. Once you launch the Internet, go to ‘Tools’ and click on the drop down menu to select ‘Internet Options’.
    Internet Options in Internet Explorer
  2. In this window, you need to go to Connections, where you have to click on LAN settings.
    Manual Proxy Settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome
  3. Then you have to select “Use a proxy server for your LAN” and write a proxy address that you want to use along with the port number in their respective tabs.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Here again once you have launched the browser, click on ‘Tools’.
  2. From here you need to follow the following sequence: ‘Options’ > ‘Advanced’ >‘Network’> ‘Connections’>‘Settings’
  3. Now you have to select ‘Manual proxy configuration’ and then enter the desired address for your proxy server along with port numbers.

Google Chrome:

  1. As usual the first step is to launch Google Chrome.
  2. You need to go the ‘Wrench’ menu (beware: it is just a symbol) which is located in the top left corner just below the close button.
  3. Next you need to go to ‘Options’, click on ‘Under the Hood’, from where you go to the ‘Network’.
  4. In this window click on ‘Change proxy settings’ button, the ‘Internet Properties’ window opens as in Internet Explorer, and you just need to do the same as you did in Internet Explorer.

That neatly sums up how to adjust and configure proxy settings so you might as well get going.

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