Proxy IP Address How To

Last Updated 10/23/2017

It is possible to hide public IP addreseses from most Internet servers in most situations. This method involves an Internet service called an anonymous proxy server.


How to configure Internet Explorer (IE) to use a proxy server

Configuring a proxy server in Internet Explorer 6.0

1. On the Tools menu in Internet Explorer, click Internet Options, click the Connections tab, and then click LAN Settings.
2. Under Proxy server, click to select the Use a proxy server for your LAN check box.
3. In the Address box, type the IP address of the proxy server.
4. In the Port box, type the port number that is used by the proxy server for client connections.
5. You can click to select the Bypass proxy server for local addresses check box if you do not want the proxy server computer to be used when you connect to a computer on the local network (this may speed up performance).
6. Click OK to close the LAN Settings dialog box.
7. Click OK again to close the Internet Options dialog box.

Configuring a proxy server in Internet Explorer 5

1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Internet.
2. Click the Connections tab, click LAN Settings, and then click to select the Use Proxy Server check box.
3. In the Address box, type the appropriate proxy server information, and use the following format:
    http://address
4. Click Advanced, and then type the appropriate proxy settings in the Servers area. Use the following syntax for the proxy settings:
    http://address:port
where address is the Web address of the proxy server, and port is the port number that is assigned to the proxy server. For example, if the proxy server's address is "proxy.example.iphowto.com" and the port number is 3128, the setting in the Proxy Server box should appear like this:
    http://proxy.example. iphowto.com: 3128
Important: If you use a backslash (\) instead of a slash (/) in the proxy server's address, the settings disappear from the Proxy Server box and Internet Explorer does not find the proxy server.
If you are using the Internet Protocol (IP) address of your proxy server, make sure not to type leading zeros. For example, use 120.26.0.2 instead of 120.026.000.002.
If you do not know the Web address or port number of the proxy server, contact your network administrator. Also, if there are any Web servers on the local network for which you want to bypass the proxy, type the appropriate host names in the Don't Use Proxy For These Addresses box. For example, if you do not want to use the proxy server to obtain access to the "iphowto.com" Web server on your LAN, type iphowto.com in the Don't Use Proxy For These Addresses box.


How to configure Mozilla Firefox to use a proxy server

Configuring a proxy server in Mozilla Firefox 2.X

1. On the Tools menu in Mozilla Firefox, click Options, click the Advanced tab, and then click Network.
2. Under Connection, Configure how Firefox connects to the internet click Settings.
3. Under Configure Proxies to Access the Internet, click to select the Manual proxy configuration radio button.
4. In the HTTP Proxy box, type the IP address of the proxy server.
5. In the Port box, type the port number that is used by the proxy server for client connections.
6. You can click to select the Use this proxy server for all protocols check box if you want to use the same proxy server for other internet protocols (SSL, FTP)
7. If there are any Web servers on the local network for which you want to bypass the proxy, type the appropriate host names in the No proxy for box. For example, if you do not want to use the proxy server to obtain access to the "iphowto.com" Web server on your LAN, type iphowto.com in the No proxy for box. 8. Click OK to close the Connection Settings dialog box.
9. Click OK again to close the Mozilla Firefox Options dialog box.