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How to set up my home computer as a proxy?

June 2, 2011 by admin  
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Question by Zach: How to set up my home computer as a proxy?

I want to set up my home computer as a proxy server. I am using Firefox and really don’t want to use any other browser. I was thinking is there any way that I could set up my home computer and then just type in my IP as a proxy. Any answers are very much appreciated!

Best answer:

Answer by Webman
There are some programs that you can make your IP address anywhere in the world you want.

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One Response to “How to set up my home computer as a proxy?”
  1. W G says:

    Firefox is not a proxy server. Firefox is a browser that can use proxies to connect to other places. If that’s a stiff requirement, no one can help you with this.

    You’ve not stated what operating system you are using, so that also makes matters harder. A proxy server like Squid doesn’t work with Windows unless you use something like cygwin to run it on. I’ll give you a few proxy servers that are available for different operating systems and you can look them up yourself if this is what you are trying to do. It is my guess that you’re trying to access your home PC from work, using it as your proxy server. However, your workplace may have restrictions in place that prevent you from connecting to your home system. Your mileage may vary depending on how secure your network is. Also, I’m not mentioning the big names like Microsoft’s ISA Server, Sun Java System Web Proxy Server, and the likes of large commercial products. I figure they’re out of your price range.

    Squid runs on Linux/UNIX systems and is one of the best and most popular web proxy servers out there. It’s open source and actively developed. It mainly works with http and https, although you can also use FTP and some other protocols with it.

    Wingate is a Windows proxy server that can proxy web, FTP, SMTP, POP3, and some other protocols as well. The problem you’ll find with it is that you probably won’t be able to get to the services you provide from a work firewall. That is, services like POP3, SMTP, and FTP should not be allowed to go directly out from the inside of the firewall. There should only be a few servers or proxies setup that are allowed to do this so that the organization can “protect” the rest of the Internet.

    Macintosh’s can use the Linux model for proxy servers.

    FreeProxy can proxy web, SMTP, POP, and SOCKS protocols. I’ve never used it, but it can be run on Windows systems.

    Privoxy looks appealing as well. The server doesn’t cache and can be used in conjunction with the TOR network and Squid proxy servers. It can run on just about any popular OS out there, even on BeOS (which is impressive).

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