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Configuring Your Computer For BLS Proxy Service




Proxy servers are intermediaries for requests to certain network-based information otherwise protected from public access. Many research databases require the use of a proxy server. Information sent through a proxy server takes slightly longer to reach you because it must pass through more "hops" to get to you.


Safari on the Mac and Internet Explorer on Windows both are capable of being configured as proxy servers. However, using the O/S provider's "native" browser has an unfortunate side effect: all network traffic, not just traffic between your browser and the research database, then passes through the proxy server. This slows all of your traffic down slightly. Because of this, we recommend that you download and install an alternate browser dedicated solely to proxy server use. This could be Firefox, Chrome, or another browser. This allows all of your remaining traffic to remain speedy, only subjecting certain database requests to proxy service.


These instructions allow you to configure Firefox as that alternate browser. It would be possible to follow similar steps on other browsers and get the same performance benefit, as long as the other browser isn't the "native" browser on that machine.




1.     Open Firefox. On a Mac, click on the "Firefox" menu and select "Preferences". On a Windows computer, click on "Tools" and select "Options," then the click the Advanced tab.

2.     Click the "Network" tab.

3.     Click the "Settings" button in the "Connection" section.


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Choose "Manual proxy configuration."

4.     In "HTTP Proxy:" enter In the port field next to it, enter 3128.

5.     Click "OK".


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6.     Now try to browse to a new page in the browser. Enter your BLS username (firstname.lastname) and password and click "OK":


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Your browser is now configured for the proxy server.