If you are a person who uses a proxy when they surf the web at work, then you know you have to find a new one to use on a regular basis. Either the IT administrator gets wise to how you are surfing the internet while on the job or the proxy that you were using goes down. It can be an infuriating process. It is not easy for you to find a new one that works and once you do, it can be hard to find another. There is a list of hundreds of proxies that you can use on the first page of a Google search alone. But a lot of those that are listed are outdated and do not work at all, or they have some sort of glitch that makes them unusable. If you want to make sure that you have a working proxy that you can use all of the time, then you can go about making a private one for yourself. If you have a little bit of technical knowledge then you can easily put together a proxy with one of the many open source kits that are available. If you are a person that has a lot of technical knowledge, then you can create one from scratch but that goes beyond the scope of this article. We are going to assume that you have dealt with the server and other things needed to build a web site before. If you have not, then this article may be over your head.
There are a couple of tools that you are going to need to create your own personal proxy site. The first tool that you will need is a text editor. This is so that you can make any changes in the code that you need to. When you are using an open sourced project to create anything, there will be times when you will have to manually dig in the code and change something yourself. Remember, there is a difference between writing your own code and changing someone else’s. Changing someone else’s is not hard if you know where to look. Next you are going to need to purchase a web host that you can use. There are cheap web hosting solutions that you can find that will only cost you about $5 or less a month. After you have the server set up and straighten away you are now ready to install the proxy software. But before you do that there is one more thing that we left out. You are going to have to buy a domain name that point to your web site. It doesn’t have to be an impressive domain name since you are only looking to use this as a personal proxy. Just make sure that the domain name is one that works.
So now that you are ready, you can install the open source software phpproxy onto your server. It is as easy as FTPing the files directly to the root directory of the server and just leaving them there. If you read the instructions of phpproxy there are a few changes that you have to make to finish the set up, but it is not much. After that, you should now be able to run the proxy software and have your own personal proxy.
As you see, it doesn’t take much for a person to be able to create their own proxy. A proxy host, a domain name, and a couple of script changes and you will have everything that you need.