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? And what dangers one can encounter without having one in their chrome proxy settings? Well, we do go into great detail in our “What Is a Proxy?” blog post on what is a proxy, but to give a quick explanation, it goes something like this:
What is a proxy?
A proxy acts as an intermediary between you and the internet. When you’re using a proxy server, your request runs through the proxy server first (which changes your IP address), and only then connects to the website.
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.
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.
Scroll down till you find Advanced. Click on it for more options.
Continue to scroll down until you find the Open proxy setting button, then click on it.
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.
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 data center and residential proxies for more information.
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