How to Set Up an Anonymous Proxy Server on Mac OS X

Several years ago, a good friend of mine worked as an electrical engineer for a company here in Silicon Valley. It was a pretty cool company, and they made pretty cool chips for networking applications.

Ironically, they were incredible tyrants internally when it came to “personal internet usage” – which meant they monitored and/or shut off common ports at the workstations of individual engineers. So while you could be designing a microprocessor capable of routing Gigabit traffic, you couldn’t actually use any of it for common applications like accessing My Yahoo or eBay.

At the time, I wanted to help my friend set up an anonymizing proxy server so he could still access personal email at work. Unfortunately, at the time, it seemed like too much effort.

Well, it’s a few years late, but here is an excellent post on how to set up an anonymous proxy server on your home machine running Mac OS X, and then use it at work to avoid internal monitoring and/or blocking.

Please note, before you click the link, the blog that has the article features some unsavory language in its topics and related posts.  I’m rating it “AL” for adult language.  It’s still a really useful post, however.

There is something still very cool about Mac OS X being unix at heart. Little tricks like this just remind me of that fact.

5 thoughts on “How to Set Up an Anonymous Proxy Server on Mac OS X

  1. I have a different question, though, which may seem weird, but which is relevant to my situation. Most people use proxies to access websites, due to blocking of individual sites and so on. Therefore, most instructional manuals involve HTTP and FTP proxies, and their variants.

    My problem, though, is that the multiplayer tracker that I have to log into in order to play online has a problem with my IP address. This isn’t unusual for it, as often in the past I’ve heard other people saying they had trouble joining my games, and in some cases they were simply dropped because of network troubles. At the moment, this problem is so bad that I can’t even log into the website of the company that runs the tracker, although I’ve been able to use a monitoring program that indicates that the tracker is functioning, and I’ve been able to access the website via a proxy.

    Therefore…if the proxy works for the website, and I know that the tracker is up and running, shouldn’t I then be able to use a proxy to access the tracker??? I have no idea how to set such a thing up, but it seems obvious that it could work. Am I missing anything??

  2. damn, i was looking for another way but im still stuck with the same link posted on your blog post. i sure hope there is a free alternative out there to setup my own proxy.

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