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Setting up a proxy in Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox ranks among the top five browsers globally, notable for its robust, built-in security measures that safeguard devices from viruses and malware. Unlike Opera or Chrome, Firefox opts for simplicity, offering fewer extra features, which means it occupies minimal computer memory. This streamlined approach not only requires less RAM but also ensures an uncluttered, user-friendly interface.

One notable benefit is its support for numerous add-ons and plugins available in the official store, enhancing the browser's capabilities. The Firefox proxy settings, accessible directly within the browser, improve online privacy. Proxies manage connection speeds and redirect traffic, helping users circumvent regional restrictions and access blocked content.

The versatile proxy setup can be used on any computer, whether it runs on Windows, Mac, or Linux, and extends to mobile devices. This flexibility, combined with its efficiency and light system footprint, makes Firefox a popular choice for secure, customizable web browsing.

How to connect a proxy in the Mozilla Firefox browser

To configure a proxy in Firefox on Windows, you need to download the browser, install and launch it. Here's a simplified guide:

  1. Access the main menu by clicking on the three vertical lines in the top-right corner, then select "Settings".
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  3. In the opened window, under the “General” tab, scroll down to "Network Settings" and click “Settings” to begin adjusting the proxy server.
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  5. Firefox, by default, follows your system's proxy settings. To customize, select “Manual proxy configuration”. Firefox is compatible with HTTP, HTTPS, SOCKS4, and SOCKS5 protocols. Enter the proxy's address and port number for the connection you're establishing, as given by your proxy provider.
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  7. You have the option to fill in information for multiple protocols and refine other settings. In the same window, there's also the option to list websites you don't want to access via proxy. While it's possible to skip authentication, it’s generally safer not to. Confirm your changes by clicking “OK”.
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  9. Restart Firefox to activate the new settings. Test the setup by trying to access a website. For further privacy controls, explore the “Privacy & Security” section, where you can manage tracking, permissions, and personal data settings.
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  11. If your proxy requires authentication, a prompt will appear after the initial setup. Use the credentials received from your proxy provider if you chose “Username and Password” authentication. For IP authentication, the proxy functions automatically.
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Though the process for configuring a proxy on Firefox running on Linux or MacOS is similar, there might be minor differences based on the software version or OS specifics.

Remember, before initiating this setup, secure a proxy package from a trusted provider. While free public proxies are available, they often fall short in terms of security and connection stability.