You can use a proxy server for online games, the Internet or even sending email. Browsing the web or playing games can create a hazard. Your IP address or computer information may be available to a third party when you visit certain sites or play games. Usually, this information is primarily useful for advertising. However, some individual may gain your IP address to send viruses or gain personal facts about you, but this is highly unlikely. Using a proxy server in Windows XP will protect your information from reaching the wrong hands.
Look for a proxy server list. You can search for an HTTP proxy, a free proxy or an anonymous proxy. Proxy Next and Xroxy has several to choose (see links in Resources). Write down or use Notepad to copy the proxy server address and port number.
Click "Start." Select "Control Panel." Scroll to Internet Option and click to open the window.
Select "Connections." Click "LAN Settings" to open a new window.
View the information under the "Proxy Server" title. Click "Use a Proxy Server." Insert the address and port number from Step 1 into the respective boxes.
Select the "Advanced" tab. This allows you to insert different proxy addresses for various protocols, such as HTTP and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
This is just an option. You can use the main proxy for all protocol on your computer.
Click "OK" three times to save changes as you exit.