proxy-switcher-introWith all the talk these days about websites tracking you, wouldn’t you like to be able to feel more secure on the web? Using a proxy server can mask your IP address and ward off cookies sites may force your browser to accept.

You may be thinking that using a proxy server may be difficult or beyond your abilities. Well let me tell you, if you use ST Proxy Switcher, it is a piece of cake. If you have ST Proxy Switcher. Below is a run-through on where to get different proxy server information, use it and how to ST Proxy Switcher makes it all a lot easier.

How to find and add proxy server information to your browser

Probably the easiest way to manually find proxy server info is with a quick Google search.  By typing in proxy server list, you will get a bunch of results. Depending on your needs, you can search for anonymous proxy server lists to better hide your IP address. Here is an example of what you are looking for.

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When you find a couple different proxy server addresses, you can add them to your browser. For this example, I will be using Firefox 10.0.

In the Options tab in the main Firefox menu, navigate to the Advanced tab.

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In the Advanced tab, you can click on Network in the secondary set of tabs. In this window, you will see an option to Configure how Firefox connects to the internet. You can enter the information into the appropriate text boxes then click OK.

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Now, if you used a server from a different country, you can go to Google and see if it thinks you are in a different country. Or you can check your IP address on one of the many free sites out there that can check it for you.

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If you need to change servers at some point, you will need to repeat the steps you just went through to change to a different proxy server.

Using ST Proxy Switcher

Now that you know the harder way, lets look at how easy it is to use ST Proxy Switcher to change servers. Once you have installed ST Proxy Switcher, you will see a window that looks a little something like this.

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The first thing you will need to do is download a list of proxies. You can find a whole bunch of different lists by clicking on the black and yellow world icon in the tom navigation bar. There are a lot of options to choose from.

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When you download a list of proxies, you should verify they are working. You can verify them right in ST Proxy Switcher by going to the downloaded list in the left sidebar and double-click on it.

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The list will populate in the main window. If you want to check to see they are working all at the same time, you can select all of them. Then click on the black and yellow world next to the Recently Used text box in the secondary navigation bar.

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To use a new proxy, double-click on one of them that is Alive and confirm you want to start using a new proxy server.

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That’s it. now the web views you as searching from, in the case of this example, the Czech Republic.

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Conclusion

Not everyone will need to change how sites see their computer. This may seem a little shady to some, but there are legitimate reasons why you would want to try to mask your IP address or location from a site. You could be blocked from seeing a video on YouTube by your work or even country. Sometimes you will see increased speed when you are surfing the web too.

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