Posted: 31 Mar 2010 07:55 AM PDT
If you want to setup your own proxy on your home computer you are able to do it by using 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.
Why would you want to use Squid?
Install Squid on Windows
1) Download Squid for Windows
Inside the text editor search for the line “http_access deny all” and change it to “http_access allow all“. This will make your proxy open and accessible to the world. If you would like to limit your proxy to certain IP blocks, change “http_access deny all” to “http_access allow TRUSTED“. Add a line (BEFORE the http_access line to setup an access control list [ACL]). This ACL line that defines TRUSTED IPs should be:
where xx.xx.xx.xx, yy.yy.yy.yy and zz.zz.zz.zz are allowed IP addresses.
6) Setup “visible_hostname” (normally just the public IP address).
Setup the Squid cache by issuing the following command: “c:\squid\sbin\squid -D –z” (No quotes).
Install Squid on Linux
If you're using CentOS/Redhat, it's pretty straight forward to setup a proxy.
Login as root and run the following
Setup the trusted IP addresses in the same way as for Windows.
Turn off logging by adding these two lines:
Save the config file and as root issue the following command to start the Squid proxy server:
Important! You should not run Squid on a machine that you're worried about or is used for production. Make sure you take basic security precautions, liek moving ftp off the default port, using a firewall, etc.
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