Would you like to access a website that has regional restrictions and is normally not reachable from Italy? For privacy reasons, you don't want to leave traces of your passage on a particular website? Well then try using a proxy server. The question interests you but you don't have the faintest idea what a proxy server is and how to use it? No problem. Read the following lines and you will see that in no time you will have very clear ideas about it.
Proxies, to put it very simply, are remote computers that interpose themselves between our device and the sites we want to visit, allowing us to disguise our real geographical position (e.g. making us appear in the USA or other countries) and our address IP.
There are several ways to make use of these Web "intermediaries": the simplest is to use online services that allow you to do everything directly from the browser, without configuring anything on your computer or smartphone or tablet. Alternatively, you can consult lists of public servers and configure it manually use in the settings of Windows o MacOS as well as on Android and iOS. Here's everything in detail.
Don't feel like setting your computer's settings and prefer to use an online service that acts as a proxy server (so-called Web proxy)? Then I suggest you consider the solutions that you find indicating below.
Just keep in mind that when these types of solutions are used, online browsing can be quite slow.
There is one of the most famous and reliable Web proxies Hide.me. You can use it by connecting to the main page of the service using the link I just provided, typing the address of the site you want to visit with the IP disguised in the appropriate bar in the center of the screen and then clicking on the yellow button Visit anonymously.
The service also integrates a whole series of advanced options, through which you can choose the country from which you are connected (drop-down menu Proxy location) and how to connect to the site to visit (drop-down menu More options). Among the options available are those to allow cookies (Allow Cookies), encrypt the URL (Encrypt URL), encrypt the page (Encrypt Page), remove any scripts or page objects to visit (Remove Scripts e Remove Objects).
Another Web Proxy service that I advise you to consider is FilterBypass which features convenient buttons for quick access to services such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Its operation is not unlike that of HideMyAss.
All you have to do to use it is to connect to the main page of the service using the link I have just provided you, type the address of the site to visit in the appropriate text field and click on the button Surfing. By selecting or deselecting the items located under the URL bar, you can enable or disable scripts, cookies and encrypted navigation.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to manually configure the use of proxies, you must first obtain the addresses of the servers to use for your connection by going to websites such as HideMy.name e NordVPN on which you can find always updated lists of free proxy servers scattered all over the world.
Note that for each server a port must also be set to be used for the connection and that different types of servers are available, such as HTTP, HTTPS e SOCKS4/5. Pay close attention to all these features for configuring Windows, macOS, Android and iOS otherwise the connection won't work. And now here's what you need to do.
To set up a proxy on Windows, click the button Start (l'icona della bandierina collocata nell'angolo in basso a sinistra dello schermo), close Internet options in the menu that opens and select the first search result. In the window that opens, select the tab Connections, click here LAN settings and apponi il segno di spunta accanto alla voce Use a proxy server for LAN connections.
At this point, click on your button Advanced, remove the check mark from the item Use the same proxy server for all protocols and fill in the fields with address e port the type of server you intend to configure (eg. HTTP o Secure for HTTPS). Finally click on OK to save the settings and you should be able to browse via proxy in all browsers.
After following the instructions in question, you can test the actual functioning of the proxy server of your choice. To do this, open your browser and try visiting sites like What IS My IP Address e WhatIP: if everything went well, your computer will be detected as connected from a foreign country.
At the end of your browsing session with the proxy server, to disable the use of the proxy all you have to do is go back to the Windows control panel screen and remove the check from the items you previously activated.
A PC equipped with Windows 10, you can also set the use of a proxy via the panel Settings, accessible by clicking onicona dell'ingranaggio present on the side of the Start menu. After entering the Settings panel, then click on the icon Rete and Internet, select the voice proxy from the left sidebar and go to the field Use a proxy server.
Then move up On the relative levetta all'opzione Usa server proxy and fill out the form below with the IP address and port of the proxy server to use.
Setting up a proxy server on macOS is even easier. All you have to do is open System preference by clicking on its icon attached to the dock, click on the icon of Network, select the name of the connection in use (eg. Wi-Fi) and press the button Go ahead ... located at the bottom right.
At this point, select the tab proxy, put the check mark next to the item relating to the type of proxy to use (eg. Proxy SOCKS or Proxy Web (HTTP)), fill in the fields related to address e port and click on OK to save the settings.
After following the steps in question, you can test the actual functioning of the proxy server of your choice. To do this, follow the instructions I gave you in the previous lines, as I explained how to use a proxy server on Windows.
At the end of your "secret" browsing session, to disable the use of the proxy all you have to do is go back to the macOS system preferences screen and remove the check from the items you activated previously.
As I told you, you can also use a proxy server from smartphones and tablets. In the specific case of Android, the first step you need to take is to access the screen of the device where all the applications are grouped, press the icon of Settings, locate the entry Wi-Fi from the menu that is shown to you, press the name of the network you are currently connected to and then tap on Modify config. say challenge.
In the screen that will be shown to you at this point, put a check mark next to the item Show opzioni advance, scroll slightly through the menu displayed, locate the item proxy, press on the menu below and choose the option Manual. Finally, fill in the fields Proxy host name e Port with the information found through the services I indicated above and tap on Save. Semplice, see?
At this point, you can test the actual functioning of the newly configured proxy server on the device. To do this, follow the instructions I gave you in the previous lines, as I explained how to use a proxy server on Windows.
Once you have finished your browsing session with the proxy server, go back to the configuration settings of the Wi-Fi network you are connected to, press the menu below proxy and select Nobody.
If, on the other hand, you are interested in understanding how to configure the use of a proxy server on your iPhone or iPad, first of all access the home screen and then tap on the Settings, locate the item Wi-Fi and press on it.
In the screen that is shown to you at this point, press on i placed next to the name of the network you are connected to, make a slight swipe downwards until you find the wording Configura proxy to do tap su Manual.
Finally, fill in the fields Server & Hosting e Port with the information found through the services I indicated earlier and then return to the previous screen by tapping on arrow located at the top left.
If you want, you can also test the actual functioning of the proxy server you configured. To do this, follow the instructions I gave you in the previous lines, as I explained how to use a proxy server on Windows.
Once your browsing session with the proxy server is finished, go back to the configuration settings of the Wi-Fi network to which you are connected, locate the item Configura proxy to do tap su Nobody.