View Full Version : [ubuntu] Is it necessary to edit network proxy in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS?

July 6th, 2011, 06:39 PM
Can anybody please explain whether I need to set up network proxy for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (system->prefernces->network proxy)? In fact I can connect to internet using a modem without worrying about it but will it be better if I do?

In firefox, should I edit proxy setting? the options are: no proxy, auto detect proxy, use system proxy, manual proxy, and there are severl proxies like HTTP proxy etc. Does proxy setting has anything to do with security?

July 12th, 2011, 06:19 AM
You should not need to change the proxy settings. It will not make it 'better'.

Proxies are used to 'intercept' and forward requests, often for HTTP/S. Many companies use this for caching and content filtering.

You can also use a proxy to hide the origin of your request (eg: your IP) to a remote web server. I recommend you Google web proxy if you want more info.