How to Configure Safari to Use a Proxy Server

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The threat of cybercrime is a growing concern as more sophisticated means of penetrating networks are being developed. Using a reputable proxy server with a good browser offers a layer of security and anonymity that hides your identity while working online. This article shows you how to configure Safari to use a proxy server.


You’ll need to authorize your IP address to use the proxy, which will send your data requests and get back responses while protecting your identity. You can either authorize your IP address or provide basic access authentication.

With most proxy services, you can authorize your IP address to the proxy via the service’s dashboard; or you can use the service’s account-management API.

IP address authentication

  • On your dashboard, click a link that reads like “Add an IP.”
  • Fill and submit the form with your own IP address.

Now your IP address will be able to access the proxy without any further steps. If you add another IP to your proxy service account, it should be promptly authorized to the proxy. Be sure you do this first before you make requests from that IP to avoid a temporary block.

Basic access authentication

Besides IP address authentication, the other way to initiate HTTP proxy requests is basic access authentication. For this authentication, you’ll need your username and password to enter in your configuration below.

Configuring the proxy server

The Safari browser uses your computer system’s settings to connect to the Internet. There is no option for a browser-specific proxy setup. Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open the Safari meniu.

Step 2: Next, click on Preferences and select Advanced.

Step 3: Go to Proxies and click Change Settings. This will open the Network section of System Preferences.

Step 4: Place a tick in the Web Proxy (HTTP) checkbox and then enter the IP address and port number for your proxy server of choice.  This information is obtainable from your proxy server provider.

Step 5: Select Secure Web Proxy (HTTPS) and enter the same IP address and port number. Click OK.

Step 6: You may also be required to enter your Mac user password. If so, enter your password and click Always Allow. Then click Apply.

The video below demonstrates the process.

iOS device settings

Step 1: Go to Settings and select Wi-Fi.

Step 2: Tap the Wi-Fi network you are connected to.

Step 3: In the HTTP Proxy section, tap the Manual option.

Step 4: Fill in the IP address and port number provided by your proxy service. Remember to slide Authentication to On.

Protecting sensitive data

A good proxy server combined with the Safari browser is a great choice to protect your sensitive data from cyberthieves. This combination provides a safe, worry-free environment when you’re working online, with the assurance of security and anonymity.

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