How to Configure Safari Proxies

by Richard Bonilla

Proxies are security features used by computers to encrypt and hide your web communications. Each time you view a web page, the page records information about you, such as IP address, date and time you visited the site, as well as any saved web information. With web-based proxies such as those in Safari, web sites cannot send you cookie information, advertisement banners or other potentially malicious content. According to Apple, "Safari requests web pages from a server instead of a website," protecting your identity and allowing for anonymity while you search the Internet.


Gather the following: type of proxy server, the IP address or DNS name for the server and the port number. The person who purchased an Internet subscription from an ISP (the network administrator) should be able to provide this information.


Choose "Preferences" under the Safari menu.


Select "Advanced." From this menu, you'll be able to configure and set your proxies.


Click and select any one of the listed proxy settings offered. Each proxy setting (web proxy, secure proxy, FTP proxy, SOCKS proxy or streaming proxy) is configured the same way, by entering the URL of proxy server and the port number provided by the website. For example, for a web proxy configuration, enter a URL server, such as "," and its port, 8080. For a list of web proxies, see Resources.

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About the Author

Richard Bonilla has been writing professionally since 2010. He has written video game, technology and sports content for various websites. He is a graduate of California State University-Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in rhetoric and composition.

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