Did you ever want to create your private proxy? Or are frustrated from the slow speed of VPN or other free proxies? Or You don’t have enough money to purchase premium proxies.
If the answer is yes for any of the above questions, then you are at the right place. Here we will be discussing the method to create own private proxy server. Pretty interesting right? Okay, let’s start the tutorial without any delays.
What is a proxy server?
According to technology.org, “A proxy server is an intermediary and gateway in the flow of Internet traffic data subsequently; the Internet activities seem to appear from another location. For example, you are physically present in Washington DC, and you want to connect to a website which there is a geo-restriction for the people living in the United Kingdom.
To cope up with this situation, you can connect to the proxy server located within the United Kingdom and then connect to that website. By doing so, the traffic from the web browser would seem to come from far away and distant computer and not of your own.”
Does Proxies protects my online Privacy?
If you think that Proxies will protect your identity online, then you are in grand illusion. Not like the VPNs or TOR, Proxies doesn’t preserve your integrity. Proxies will hide your IP only; it won’t encrypt the traffic. Therefore it won’t work well for high-stakes tasks. If you want to surf the internet and want to unblock the geo-restricted content, then you can use the proxies.
Apart from this, another drawback of proxies is that IPS or legal authorities can get access to your internet traffic data as I already mentioned that it wouldn’t encrypt the internet data.
I won’t suggest to use proxies if you wanted to do something unethical but if you just wanted to unblock the geo-restricted then using Proxies is better than VPNs as it is free and gives more speed.
In short here is detail about proxy:
- It does not offer encryption security.
- It does not provide any automatic setup.
- It isn’t easy to use.
- A proxy translates the source IP address into something new.
- A proxy hides the IP address of the user.
- A proxy often keeps detailed user log.
Now you have got an answer about whether you need proxies or VPNs and TOR. If its the proxy that you wanted then continue with the article of making own private proxies. For creating own proxy server we will be using squid proxy.
What is Squid?
Squid is a caching proxy for the Web supporting HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more. It reduces bandwidth and improves response times by caching and reusing frequently-requested web pages. Squid has extensive access controls and makes a great server accelerator. It runs on most available operating systems, including Windows and is licensed under the GNU GPL.
How to create own Squid Proxy?
Before creating your private server, you need to create Ubuntu VPS from azure, AWS, google cloud or any service like you made in our SIB Panel article. If you don’t know how to create VPS then you can follow the article below.
For other providers the method is same you can take reference from the above articles.
I hope you have created the Ubuntu VPS by now. If yes, then let’s move on the topic, i.e. creating own squid proxy.
Note: Don’t forget to enable the port that you want to use in your proxy server.
Note: You can change the location of your Proxy by changing the location of the VPS server.
- Login to your Ubuntu VPS using SSH. If you don’t know how to connect to SSH follow this.
- After login you will see the screen like below. I am using the google VPS so it may be abit different than yours.
- Installing Squid Proxy.
To install in Ubuntu VPS run the following command.
sudo apt-get install squid -y
- After installing the squid, move to the squid folder.
- Create the backup of the squid config so that if we mess during configuring the server we can comeback at any time and restore from backup.
sudo cp squid.conf squid.conf.bak
- Remove the squid configuration.
sudo rm -rf squid.conf
- Create New squid configuration.
sudo nano squid.conf
After executing the command above enter the following code and hit control + X in keyboard and press “Y”. It will save our configuration file
http_access allow all http_port 20000
- After creating new squid configuration file restart the squid server by following code.
sudo service squid restart
After the server is restarted out proxy server is running. To connect with our server now simply put the ip as your server and 20000 as the port as we have used it as port in step 7. Note you have to enable that port in your VPS before enabling it in step 7.
Now you have created your own server, to connect with proxy server simply follow this article.
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