A proxy server is used to surf the World Wide Web unidentified. Users often forward the connection to another computer or website. Instead of the user’s IP address showing up on the servers, the IP address of the proxy server is seen. Proxies can come in the forms of programs or websites.
A URL or Uniform Resource Locator is the exclusive address for a file that you can access easily on the Internet. An IP or Internet Protocol address is a kind of URL used by specified electronic mechanisms that communicate with other machines on the Internet using the Internet Protocol.
The Internet Explorer (IE) is a web browser from Microsoft. When users surf the Web straight from IE, the IP address of the user will be seen. A proxy server can be used with IE to hide the user’s IP address. It does this by using the proxy’s instead.
Steps to Surf Using Proxies with Internet Explorer
- Choose a proxy server depending on your needs. You can use either a program or a website proxy. Check if it is compatible with your web browser and Internet connection.
- If you choose a program, follow the instructions for installation. Each program has its own directions. You can check the help file that comes with the program or the developer’s website.
- If you choose a web proxy, simply go to the URL and type in the URL of the website you want to go to.
- You can also set up your own proxy by obtaining webspace. Choose a host that supports cgi (common gateway interface) and php (scripting for websites). This makes sure you can view most programming and design used in websites.