What is a proxy, and why would you need it for Google Chrome? Setting up a proxy in your web browser adds an extra layer of privacy and security when you go online. This guide will go over how to use proxies with Chrome, how to do it by using proxy server managers, and why you would want to use a Chrome proxy in the first place.
To configure proxy settings for Chrome, complete the following:
1. Launch your Chrome browser, click the menu button in the top right, and select Settings.
2. Select System in the menu on the left.
3. Click Open your computer’s proxy settings.
As Chrome doesn’t have in-app proxy server settings, you’ll be redirected to your operating system’s native proxy settings. To configure your Google Chrome proxy settings further, please follow Windows or macOS proxy integration guides accordingly.
NOTE: beware that these proxy settings will apply system-wide, not just to your Chrome client alone.
After finishing proxy-related tasks, make sure to disable proxies to avoid interference with other applications. Simply remove all the previously set up proxy settings (undo the changes). For specifics, refer to the dedicated sections in Windows and macOS proxy integration tutorials.
Each internet-connected device has an Internet Protocol (IP) address. It’s a sequence of numbers (similar to a house having an address number) assigned to you by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Every website you visit will know your IP address along with your general geographic location. Tracking your IP address helps websites keep a record of your web activity by using cookies. Whenever you search for something or shop online, you’re tracked in order to personalize and show you ads that should fit your taste.
On top of that, when you connect to Wi-Fi (especially the free ones coffee shops usually have), your data can be easily hacked.
Why is free Wi-Fi dangerous? Establishing a network connection doesn’t require authentication, creating fantastic opportunities for hackers to gain access to unsecured devices on the same network. This way, cybercriminals can steal sensitive data or execute malware attacks.
Proxies work as a filter between you and the internet. When you use a proxy, your internet requests travel through the proxy server and only then connect to the internet.
While standing between you and the internet, a proxy server appears as a different IP. While it answers the question of how to hide an IP address, as long as you use a Chrome proxy, you’ll have a secure web session.
Another way of setting up your proxies is through a proxy manager. Proxy managers are great if you want a simplified interface for turning on and off your proxies without the need for manual proxy configuration each time.
FoxyProxy can help you set up proxies for Chrome or any other web browser. This particular proxy manager offers a neat browser extension with which changing proxies won’t be an issue. Oxylabs Residential and Datacenter Proxies and FoxyProxy will ensure a straightforward setup process.
In tandem with web browsers, Oxylabs Residential or Datacenter Proxies will make your online activities private and secure. For more integration examples with the most popular web browsers, check our Firefox, Safari, and Edge proxy integration guides.
Choosing the right proxy type to suit your specific task is essential. If you want to learn more about which type is more suited to your needs, check our article on the differences between Datacenter and Residential proxies.
Please be aware that this is a third-party tool not owned or controlled by Oxylabs. Each third-party provider is responsible for its own software and services. Consequently, Oxylabs will have no liability or responsibility to you regarding those services. Please carefully review the third party's policies and practices and/or conduct due diligence before accessing or using third-party services.
What is a Chrome proxy?
A Chrome proxy is any type of proxy that can be used with Chrome to anonymize a user's traffic.
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.
Does Chrome have its own proxy settings?
No, Chrome uses your operating system’s native proxy settings.
How to change proxy settings in Chrome?
To change proxy settings in Chrome, click on the menu button and choose Settings. Then, select System and choose Open your computer’s proxy settings. You will be redirected to your system’s proxy settings for a custom configuration.
Do proxies hide your IP?
Yes, proxies hide your real IP address, and in many 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 a secondary goal.
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