How to set a proxy server in Windows 10

Windows 10 gives us the possibility of easily configure a proxy server with the help of the Settings application, without having to use any type of software. The proxy server will be used by the Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and by other browser types as well as by the universal applications from the Windows 10 store to access online content.

First, you have to open the Settings application, then you have to click on the Web and Internet section. Here, you will find seven sections in the left side column and you have to click on Proxy.The next step is to choose from the two different option sets that can be configured: Manual proxy configuration and automatic proxy configuration. Before starting to configure a proxy server in Windows 10 you will have to find a series of functional proxy addresses. The quality of the proxy services differs so you have to pay attention to finding one that functions well. One of these proxy servers require to specify the address of a configuration script that should be uploaded by Windows 10. If you decided to use this type of proxy server, you will have to access the ‘automatic proxy configuration’ from the Proxy section.

Check if the automatic proxy settings are activated and then to operate the switch for the ‘Use a configuration script’ at the Active position. After that, introduce the proxy’s URL in the Script Address section from the bottom of the ‘Automatic proxy configuration’. After you finished the configuration, then save the changes by clicking on the Save button. For a manual configuration of the proxy server, you have to make sure that the ‘Automatic settings detection’ and ‘Use a configuration script’ from the ‘Automatic proxy configuration’ are deactivated.

Then, in the Manual proxy configuration zone you have to act the ‘Use a proxy server’ switch in the Active position. The manual configuration of a proxy server requires to know the IP address and of the server’s port that you want to use. After you have this information, introduce it in the sections called Address and Port. Then, you can select the section called ‘Don’t use the proxy server for the local addresses’ from the lower part of the ‘Manual proxy configuration’ zone. Next, click on the Save button and if you want to be sure that the server works, you can verify its status via websites like the Find My IP.

Which are the advantages of using a proxy server?

There are many reasons why the companies and the households use proxy servers. The most important reason for which the companies use proxy servers is the fact that these servers offer a better control over the way in which the Internet connection is used inside the company. The companies can configure the proxy servers to block the access of the employees to unwanted websites such as the adult pages and the social networks. Using a proxy server offers the companies detailed journals with the entire activity on the Internet of the employees. With these journals, the companies can identify in a fast way the employees that lose their time on the Internet instead of working. Another reason why the companies use the proxy servers is the fact that they can optimize the Internet connection. A proxy server can compress the data transmitted on the Internet, can create a cache with the accessed pages and folders and can eliminate the advertising on the visited websites. When an Internet page is accessed, this is stocked on the proxy server. When a new person wants to use the same page, the proxy server checks if the page was modified. If not, it will transmit the local stocked copy to the user and it will not re-load that page.

All these facilities maximize the way in which the Internet Connection is used. When we use a direct Internet connection and we access a web page, the server where is it hosted can see our computer IP address. With its help, the computer’s geographic location can be approximated. Also, the Internet navigator transmits a ‘user agent’ – an information that specifies the used Internet navigator. More, that website can stock a cookie that will offer more information about your activity. A proxy server can have an active role in improving the business networks. They can be configured in such way in which to block the employees’ access to malicious websites or they can crypt the data transfer in order to not be easily intercepted by a third part that shouldn’t have access to it. An important reason for which the proxy servers are used by the household users is that they can avoid the Internet censorship. There are countries that filter their citizens’ Internet traffic to diverse services and websites on the Internet. By using the proxy servers located in other countries, the users can access websites that will normally be blocked.