Sometimes it is beneficial to funnel your browsing traffic through an internet proxy. Free internet proxies tend to be slow, filled with advertising, and are blacklisted very quickly by web filters. There is another option that will allow you to direct your browsing traffic through your own proxy and have the data leave through your home ISP. I would like to note this is not for hiding illegal activity. If anything this ties your data directly to you as it is hitting the open internet from your home connection.
So what’s the point if I can’t use this to download the latest bootleg of Mighty Ducks 8?
Well I’ll tell you….As long as the Hamachi service is not blocked on the network you are connected to it will….
- Pass your internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel to your home protecting it from prying eyes and eavesdropping
- Allow you to access any website that you can access from your home network regardless of your current networks restrictions
- Enable you to test connectivity to sites and services outside of your current network. This is big for trouble shooting connectivity issues.
Here’s what you will need..
- A computer or server at your house that’s always on (Running Windows for this example)
- A free Logmein Hamachi Account
- Proxy Server Agent
I’m not going to walk through each step of setting up this software at it is fairly straight forward but I will explain the individual configurations.
- Sign up for and install Hamachi on both your server at home and your remote computer. Setup Guide
- Download and install Proxy Server Agent on your home server
- Make sure Proxy Server Agent has an exception in the firewall
- Configure Proxy Server agent making note of what “listen port:” is configured
Make a note of the servers Hamachi IP address at the top of the screen. In this example it is 188.8.131.52
Next go to your remote computer and make sure the Hamachi client is running and there is a green circle next to your home server.
Finally setup your preferred browser to use the information that we have recorded for its proxy. Our example is Host or IP: 184.108.40.206 and port: 8081
Bowser specific instructions for setting up a proxy
Instructions for Firefox are found here or by clicking /firefox/Options/Advanced/Network/Connection/Settings
Instructions for Chrome can be found here
Setting for IE 7 and 8 can be found here
That’s all there is to it. As long as your using the proxy all of your internet traffic will be encrypted and sent directly to your home where it will then enter the public internet. I highly recommend trying the foxy proxy plugin. It allows you to easily switch on or off your proxy and has a visual indicator that tells you when it is on and tunneling.