How do I know what my proxy is?


How do I know what my proxy is?

If you think your Internet connection is slower than it should be or if you notice that some websites are blocked during navigation, this may be due to the fact that all of your Internet traffic goes through a proxy server.

A proxy server is actually just another computer that is between you and your ISP. It is generally configured in business environments to filter web traffic to and from employees’ computers. In this article, I will show you how you can check your proxy settings to see if your computer actually uses a proxy server or not.

In most cases, you will not be able to deactivate the proxy server because it is controlled by an administrator. However, there are times when personal computers are accidentally or maliciously configured to use a proxy server.

Check the proxy settings in Windows

On Windows, most browsers use the proxy settings defined on the computer. Each browser has a parameter page to adjust the proxy settings, but they are normally only linked to the Windows settings dialog itself.

In Windows 10, there are two ways to modify the parameters: via the Parameters application or via the traditional configuration panel. I will mention the two methods here because the Configuration Panel method is what you should use for Windows 7, 8 or Windows Vista.

Application of Windows 10 parameters

Click on Start then click on the gear icon (Rollages) to the far left. In Settings, click Network and Internet.

Here you have all the parameters related to the configuration of a proxy in Windows. It is essentially divided into two configurations: either Automatic or Manual configuration of the proxy. In 99% of cases, everything must be settled on De. If something is activated, your web traffic can go through a proxy.

Configuration panel

If you are using an old version of Windows or if you just like the old method, you can modify the same parameters via the Configuration Panel. Note that however you choose to change the settings, there is only one set of proxy settings in Windows.

Once you open the Configuration Panel, just click on Internet options.

In the Internet Options dialog box, continue and click the Ongllet Connections button and click Lan Settings at the bottom.

Here you will all see the same parameters as in the Settings application illustrated above. Everything you configure here will appear up there and vice versa.

Check the proxy settings under Mac OS X

If you are using a Mac with OS X, the procedure is similar. You must modify the proxy settings in System Preferences because this is where most browsers automatically check.

Open System Preferences and click Network. On the left side, be sure to select the connected or active network connection. You can have different proxy parameters for each type of network connection.

At the bottom, click on the Advanced button. Click on the tab Proxies and you will see a bunch of different protocols that you can configure.

For example, if you click Proxy Web (HTTP), you can enter the IP address of the proxy server, port number, user name and password.

Check the proxy parameters under Linux

Under Linux, it really depends on the distribution you use. However, it will mainly be a version of KDE or GNOME. For example, in Linux Mint Cinnamon, which is strongly based on GNOME, you would click the button and then click on the system parameters.

Then you would scroll to the Material and then click on the networking.

Finally, if you click on Proxy network, you can choose Automatic or Manual.

It’s pretty much the same procedure for Ubuntu as well, which uses Unity and GNOME. It will be different if you use a different office environment. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to comment. To enjoy!


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