What Is A Proxy Server?
A proxy server is a server (a computer system or an application) that acts as an intermediary for requests from clients seeking resources from other servers. A client connects to the proxy server, requesting some service, such as a file, connection, web page, or other resource, available from a different server. The proxy server evaluates the request according to its filtering rules
Computer A requests webpage from computer B. Computer B makes the request to Computer C on behalf of computer A, then forwards the request back to computer A. Computer C has no knowledge of computer A.
By encrypting the connection between computer A and B, it is impossible for anyone on the local area network to monitor the traffic and thus computer A achieves anonymous browsing.
Why Use One ?
Open Wi-Fi Connections:
It is possible for anyone to monitor everything you do on an Open Wi-Fi Network. Not all sites that you visit may use HTTPS Encryption. Sometimes even sites that do use HTTPS only do so for certain actions and then revert to regular unencrypted HTTP connections, which are visible by anyone on the network. Using a proxy server will direct all web traffic through a secure and encrypted tunnel making all of your browsing safe and unseeable.
Firewalls and Corporate Web Filtering:
Users who wish to bypass web monitoring and restrictions imposed by their employer may utilize Proxy Servers. This is great for users and dangerous for IT Professionals as it may pose a danger to network security.
How To Setup A Proxy Server Using Hamachi And Free Proxy
Things you Need
- Two computers with internet connection .One to be used as the proxy server and other one to connect it for safe and secure browsing
- Hamachi: A free (for non-commercial use), cross-platform VPN service that, gives you secure access to your home network no matter where you are.
- Free proxy A free, easy to set up web proxy with advanced privacy features
Step 1:- Installing Hamachi
You can rinse and repeat this on every machine you want to do this with, for up to 16 clients that’s the limit for Hamachi’s free-for-non-commercial-use version. Now that you’re set up with Hamachi, it’s time to install Free Proxy on your home machine
Now it’s time to configure Free Proxy to shuttle traffic through your Hamachi setup, so launch Free Proxy App and Click on Proxies tab , a new Options window will open . Now enter port no as --- >8080, then select Protocal as ---> Http Proxy, Local Binding as ----- >Hamachi network Interface and finally Click done, Now select start /stop tab and click on Start button
Step 3: Set Up Your Web Browser to Use Your New Secure Proxy