[For beginners] How to set up a proxy in Mac OS X

Last time I talked about how to add a Mac OS X machine to a Windows domain. Someone found this article useful, and several people asked a question on Twitter about how to set up a proxy. I’ll tell you about it with pleasure.

Proxies may be needed in different situations. For example, if we take into account the previous article, then I have a proxy server configured on my network through which all traffic goes. If you do not register its settings in the system (or separately in the software used), then we will not get access to the Internet. There are other cases when using a proxy you can make surfing the network more anonymous and gain access to information bypassing various filters.

If you need to use a proxy not in the entire system, but only in specific software, then you need to make the appropriate entries directly in it. For example, Team Viewer can work with a proxy. To add, you need to open its settings and register the proxy server address.

As you can see, Team Viewer can take both browser settings (it will take the registered server from the settings of your default client), or manually registered.

But if you need to use a proxy throughout the system, then this should be done in the appropriate system settings menu. Open “System Preferences” and go to the “Internet and Wireless Network” category, where we go to the “Network” menu.

Next, you need to choose a connection method. I’ll show you with my example.

The fact is that at work I connect to the network via a regular cable, and at home I use a WiFi connection. At home I don’t use any proxies, but they are required for a working connection. Therefore, the settings are written depending on the connection method.

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So, by clicking on the lock, we remove the restrictions, select the connection method and press the “Advanced” button. In the menu that appears, go to the “Proxy” tab. Here you can check the boxes for different kinds of connections (it is better to ask your network administrator about this). If there is an autotuning file, it is enough to go to the appropriate item and write a path to it, or select the file itself from the hard disk. If you do not have such a file, then tick the necessary items, write down the proxy address and port (you can enter both the IP address and the name). Also, if your proxy server requires authentication, you can enter your username and password in the fields below.

Close windows and apply settings. That’s all. Now you can open your browser and check if you have the Internet or not.

If you have any other questions, please ask them in the comments to this article.

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