How to set up Proxies for Web Browsers – II

The previous article discusses what browser proxies are and how to set up proxies for browsers like Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. But, what about users who have other common browsers like Firefox, Safari, and Opera? Do not worry! We have all of you covered. This article will discuss how to configure proxies on these web browsers seamlessly and discuss turning off these browser proxies quickly, as per your need.

It is essential to know how to disable browser proxies in-case you switch your network or discontinue using a particular proxy server. It is also advisable to turn off browser proxies when you are, for example, connecting or browsing on a local business network and not surfing the internet.  So, let’s quickly look at how to set up proxies for the other commonly used web browsers without further ado.

Proxy for Firefox

Firefox has this unique feature of extracting proxy information from Internet Explorer or Windows and a manual option to feed IP and port details directly. Users can choose to configure individual proxy settings in Firefox to enable proxies and restrict them for online activities using the Firefox browser. Here is a step-by-step process for your ease to set up proxies in Firefox.

  • First, click on the Open Menu button at the extreme right of the toolbar. You can find them as three lines stacked on top of one another.
  • From the list that opens up, click on Options to open the Options window separately.
  • Scroll down the newly opened Window to find the Network Settings section.
  • Click on the Settings button in this segment to open up a bunch of settings to configure proxies.
  • The setting by default is the same as for Windows or Internet Explorer.
  • To set up the proxy yourself, check on the Manual proxy configuration box.
  • Now, you’ll find fields to input the details of your proxy configuration that you can fill up as required.

Firefox has a feature that lets users configure different proxy servers and port numbers for different traffic types. You have the manual option to set up HTTP, FTP, SSL etc. proxy servers separately and their dedicated port numbers. If you want to avoid using proxies for individual specific networks, you can easily customize that as well. Just add each network address separating each with a comma (,) besides the No proxy for box. On entering all the details in this Window, click on the OK button to save and finish. That is it! You can close the Options Window now and start browsing anonymously in Firefox.

Proxy for Opera

Opera browser functions are like Google Chrome for setting up proxies. It does not host any unique feature to enable direct proxy configuration and extracts proxy information from Internet Explorer or your Windows Operating System. Just like Chrome, you can always start the setup or configuration process from the Opera browser itself. As with any other browser, proxy settings are at one place in Windows 10, so you can easily configure from there if you are Windows 10 user. For others, you can follow the process discussed below to configure browser proxies on Opera easily.

  • Open the browser and click on the Customize and Control button on the browser’s top-left to access the drop-down menu.
  • Click on Settings from the list to open a new window.
  • Click on Advanced from the list on the left to access the advanced settings.
  • Scroll down the page to find the section marked System.
  • From this section, click on the Open proxy settings.

This will then open up the Internet Options window on your computer. Here, click on the Connections tab and scroll down and click on the LAN Settings button. The same LAN settings Window will open up as with Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. You can enter the IP address and port number of your proxy here and click on OK to save and exit. This process will configure proxies for Opera and Internet Explorer if you start the entire process using the Opera browser.

Proxy for Safari

We saw how Internet Explorer or Windows seamlessly connects to the other browsers to feed proxy information. The process to configure proxies for Safari differs from the other browsers because of the varying Operating Systems, but is still extremely easy. Follow the below steps carefully to set up proxies for Safari in an instant.

  • Open the Safari menu after launching the browser.
  • Click on Preferences and from the new Window, click on the Advanced tab.
  • Find and click on the Proxies button and tap the Change Settings button right next to it.
  • A list of different proxy servers opens up on the left. You can choose the proxy you want to set up and enter the consequent configuration details on the right panel.
  • If your proxy server login is password protected, make sure you check the Proxy server requires a password option. 
  • You can fill in the login details right below it and save it for easy login.

You can configure multiple proxies in the same way individually by choosing the ones you want to from the list on the left. Upon finishing, click on the Apply Now button to save your changes and exit.

Disabling Browser Proxies

You are now well-informed about browser proxies and how to configure them for various web browsers. 

For disabling proxies on any of the browsers, you need to open the Internet Options Window as discussed before and click the LAN Settings button under the Connections tab. Here, uncheck the option marked Use automatic configuration script, or the option marked Use a proxy server for your LAN based on the proxy you were using. Click on OK to save and exit from both the open Windows.