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Gabija Fatenaite

Apr 24, 2019 6 min read
  1. Open your Chrome browser, and click on the menu button. Then select Settings.
  2. Scroll down till you find Advanced. Click on it for more option.
  3. Continue to scroll down until you find the Open proxy setting button, then click on it.

Setting up a proxy in your web browser adds the needed privacy and security when you go online. Usually, proxies need to be manually enabled every time you want to use one, but you can save some time by adding one through your Chrome proxy settings or by using a proxy manager.

But what is a proxy? Also, what dangers can one encounter without having one in their Chrome proxy settings? Well, we do go into great detail in our blog post on proxy’s fundamentals, so feel free to check it out before tackling this article.

In this article we will go over how to use proxy in Chrome, how to do it by using proxy managers, and why would you need to use a Chrome proxy in the first place. Let’s begin with the latter.

The dangers of not using a Chrome proxy

As you probably know, each device has an Internet Protocol (IP) address. It is a bunch of numbers (similar to house having an address number) assigned to you by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Whenever you go online and go to a website, that particular site will then know your IP address. That means the website will also know the general area where you’re located.

Tracking your IP address also helps websites keep a record on where you go online by using cookies. So whenever you search for something or buy anything online, they track this information and show you ads that fit your taste.

Not to mention that when you connect to wifi (especially the free ones coffee shop entrepreneurs like so much), your data can be easily hacked.

Why is free wifi dangerous? It does not require authentication to establish a network connection, therefore creating fantastic opportunity for hackers to gain access to unsecured devices on the same network. Meaning they can steal your sensitive data or execute malware attacks.

How a Chrome proxy helps to protect you

As we mentioned earlier, a proxy works as a filter between you and the internet. So when you use a proxy, your internet requests travel through the proxy server first, and only then connects to the internet.

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While standing in between you and the internet, a proxy server hides your real IP address by appearing as a different IP address. So as long as you use a chrome proxy, you’ll have a secure web session.

How to use proxy in Chrome

Instead of enabling your proxies manually every time you want to use one for browsing, it’s easier to set up your chrome proxy settings automatically.

To go to your Chrome proxy settings and set up your proxy, open your Chrome browser, and click on the menu button. Then select Settings.

Setting up proxy in chrome

Scroll down till you find Advanced. Click on it for more options.

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Continue to scroll down until you find the Open proxy setting button, then click on it.

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If you’re using a Mac, we suggest you visit their official support website for more details on how to finish up your proxy set up. And if you’re using Windows, check this article out for a simple explanation on how to set it up.

Setting up your proxies with a proxy manager

Another way of setting up your proxies is through a proxy manager. Such proxy managers are great if you want a clear and straightforward interface for turning on and off your proxies.

A proxy manager, such as FoxyProxy, can help you set up your proxies not only on Chrome but other web browsers as well. This particular proxy manager offers a neat browser extension with which changing your proxies won’t be an issue.

Oxylabs proxies integrate flawlessly with FoxyProxy, ensuring an easy and straightforward set up process.

Wrapping up

Setting up a Chrome proxy will make your browsing a lot more private and secure. Not to mention you’ll avoid the hassle of continually enabling your proxy settings every time you open the web.

Choosing the right proxy type is also essential, so if you want to learn more about what we offer and which type is more suited for your needs, check out our article on the difference between data center and residential proxies for more information.


People also ask

What is a Chrome proxy?

A Chrome proxy is any kind of proxy that can be used with Chrome to anonymize your traffic. Since Chrome has no proxy configuration settings of its own, these proxies are configured on the OS level.

What is better, a proxy or a VPN?

Although proxies can be just as efficient for those seeking anonymity, using a VPN is generally recommended for private individuals. Read more about proxy vs. VPN here.

Do proxies hide your IP?

Yes, proxies do hide your real IP address and in a lot of cases this is their main function. However, you should also know that there are plenty of other uses for proxies in which hiding the user’s original IP address is only secondary to some other goal. Read more about how proxies work here.

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About Gabija Fatenaite

Gabija Fatenaite is a Content Manager at Oxylabs. Having grown up on video games and the internet, she grew to find the tech side of things more and more interesting over the years. So if you ever find yourself wanting to learn more about proxies (or video games), feel free to contact her - she’ll be more than happy to answer you.

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