Socks Proxy Definition and Configuration


Socks Proxy basically exchanges data between our computer and web through an additional proxy server for more better security and anonymity. Socks5 additionally provides authentication so only authorized users may access a server.

According to Wikipedia Socks Proxy is defined as :-

Socket Secure (SOCKS) is an Internet protocol that routes network packets between a client and server through a proxy server. SOCKS5additionally provides authentication so only authorized users may access a server.

Socks along with a good VPN can provide great security as well as privacy.

How to configure Google Chrome proxy settings and enable Socks Proxy
1 – Click the menu Tools > Options > Under the hood on Google Chrome, then click change proxy settings. You can also click the Windows Start menu> Control Panel > Internet Options.
2 – Click LAN settings button in Internet Properties window.
3 – Tick the option “Use a proxy server for your LAN”, then enter your proxy settings.
4 – Click OK button and close the Options dialog.

Set a proxy in Google Chrome separately and not using Internet Explorer settings.
Right click on the Chrome icon on your Windows desktop and select Properties > Shortcut.
In the Target field, add the following for enabling a proxy separately in Google Chrome:
–proxy-server=host:port – Click OK to apply the settings.

Similarly, for Google Chrome in Linux right click on the desktop icon, click on Properties,
then add the line –proxy-server=host:port in the Command field

How to setup Socks Proxy in Firefox
1 – Start Firefox. Click on Tools and select Options
2 – Click on the Advanced
3 – Select Network tab and click on Settings
4 – Click on the radio button Manual proxy configuration
5 – Type your proxy servers IP address in HTTP Proxy field and proxy port in Port
6 – Click the box Use this proxy server for all protocols and finally click OK
Now you have successfully setup proxy for your browser

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