How to Set Up a Proxy Server in Firefox

By Randall Shatto

Proxy servers store information and protect your computer's identity from the Internet. When you logon to your service provider or begin surfing the Internet, your IP address is traceable. The IP address is a unique number that is specific from your Internet provider. Most websites obtain your IP address to use for tracking purposes. Even though this is usually for harmless advertising, it can still be bothersome. Setting up a proxy server in Firefox can prevent your IP address from reaching the Internet.

Things You'll Need

  • Proxy address and port

Step 1

Open the Firefox browser. Close any Internet tabs that may be open.

Step 2

Click on the "Tools" tab on the top of the page. Select the "Options" link. An "Options" window will pop up.

Step 3

Select the "Advanced" button and then "Network" tab. Under "Connections," click "Settings." A "Connection Settings" window will appear.

Step 4

Choose the "Manual Proxy Configuration." Select a proxy server address and port number from a free proxy server website. Proxy and Proxy 4 Free (see Resources) offer an extensive list of servers. Enter the address and port number into the "HTTP Proxy" box. For example, port 80. You can choose a different proxy address for the other protocol options. Click the box under the "HTML Proxy" to use that address for all Firefox protocols.

Step 5

Click the "OK" button twice when you finish. Reboot your Firefox browser.

Tips & Warnings

  • Even though most proxy servers are safe to use, run an adware or spyware and virus program once a week. This will protect your computer from harmful files or cookies.