A proxy server is an intermediary between your Windows PC/device and the Internet. This server makes requests to websites, services and servers on the Internet for you. For suppose, say that you use some web browser to visit www.postefy.com and your web browser is set to use a proxy server.Here’s configure proxy server.
After you type www.postefy.com, the request is first sent to the proxy server. The server then sends the request to the server where the requested website is hosted. The homepage of Postefy’s website is returned to the proxy server which, returns the homepage to you.
One reason companies/organisations use proxy servers is that doing so helps them save precious bandwidth. As proxy servers can compress traffic, web pages and cache files from the Internet. They can even strip ads from websites before they reach your Windows PC. This allows those companies to save bandwidth, especially when they have hundreds/thousands of employees accessing mostly the same websites (such as Yahoo News or Facebook). Proxies do have some other benefits including improved privacy and security.
How to Configure Proxy Server on Windows
Generally, you’ll use a proxy server if your school or work place provides it to you. You could also use proxy to hide your IP address or to access geo blocked websites that are not available in your country. Thought we recommend a VPN for that instead. If you insist to use proxy set’d up at your work place, get the necessary credentials from them and go on.
Defaultly, Windows attempts to automatically detect your proxy settings by using the “Automatically detect settings” option. To say, Windows PC uses the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD). School and Workplace networks may use this feature just to automatically provide proxy settings to all Computers on their network. If the network on which you’re connected to requires a proxy and it provides that proxy via Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD), Windows PC/device will automatically configure and use the proxy. If your network doesn’t provide a proxy, it won’t use a proxy at all.
Fine! Lets jump on to configure Proxy.
How to Configure a Proxy Server on Windows Using an automatic configuration script
Click Network & Internet.
The list of network & Internet-related settings appear.
The list of available proxy settings appear.
In that Automatic Proxy Setup section, set the Use Setup Script switch to On.
Enter the script address as it was given to you; then click Save.
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