Free Proxy Server
Using a free proxy server to enhance your Internet experience
A proxy server is a kind of intermediary buffer that is placed between your computer and the websites you are attempting to access on the Internet. If you configure your browser to go through a selected proxy server, whenever you browse the net all traffic between you and the website will go through this chosen proxy server. If you do a search on the Internet you are sure to find a free proxy server that offers you the features you are looking for.
Advantages of a proxy server
- Increased speed of transfer: A proxy server features a special data base known as cache, in which it gathers and saves files that are among the most popularly searched for by Internet users. If the cache of your selected proxy server already contains information on the website you are trying to access, it enables the proxy to deliver the website to you immediately. This has the same effect as a high speed Internet connection. A proxy server delivers a highly increased performance.
- Increased privacy: Anonymous proxy severs conceal your IP address whenever you browse the internet, thereby safeguarding your private information from being wrongly used.
- Increased accessibility: A proxy server allows you to access even those sites that you would normally have problems accessing because of certain restrictions that have been imposed.
Setting up proxy access in your browser
When setting up proxy access in your browser it is better to enter an IP address and not the proxy’s hostname.
Proxy settings for Internet Explorer 5.0 or later
- From ‘Tools’ menu choose Internet Options.
- Select connections.
- Click “settings” button for Dial-up connection or ‘LAN’ Settings for LAN connection.
- Check and enable “use a proxy server”.
- Enter proxy name in the “Address” field.
- Enter proxy port in the “Port” text book.
- Click “Apply”, cick ok to close all !E settings.
Proxy settings for Netscape Communicator (Navigator) v4.0 and higher
- From the ‘Edit’ menu click “Preferences”.
- Choose “Proxies’/ “Advanced”
- Select “Manual proxy configuration”
- Set the proxies for the required protocols, such as HTTP, FTP.
Types of Proxies
There are several different types of proxies including FTP proxy, HTTP proxy, SOCKS proxy and CGI proxy. Though each of them is designed to offer different solutions, most of them have several common features and abilities. The most commonly used proxy is the HTTP proxy.
HTTP proxies are of three levels:
- Level 1: Highly anonymous proxies. Also called elite proxies, they hide your actual IP address so that it is impossible to be traced by any website administrators. However the request fields are not changed.
- Level 2: Anonymous proxies. The request fields are changed here, so while you’re actual IP address is not revealed, the proxy can be detected with log analyzing. While your privacy is not compromised, proxy requests are sometimes restricted by a few server administrators.
- Level 3: Transparent proxies. These are simply HTTP proxies and should only be used for improving network speed. The request field is changed but your real IP is also transferred while surfing the net. These proxies do not offer any privacy or security.
Forum Proxy Leecher is great for testing out levels of proxies so you can choose the one that suits you best. You could also choose to use more than one free proxy server simultaneously but you may experience some loss of speed.