The Web Proxy is an insecure method of connecting to the University network as your username and password is sent by plain text when authenticating. We strongly advise that where possible you should use the VPN and turn the web proxy off.
This article explains configuration of the web proxy when using Safari on an Apple computer running Mac OS X.
The web proxy allows you to browse the Internet as if you were on campus, giving you easy access to online web resources.
Web proxy is no longer the recommended Work Anywhere solution for accessing websites as if you are on campus. Virtual Private Networking (VPN) provides a more comprehensive solution for remote access to University systems and websites.
This article explains how to install and use VPN - Setting up the VPN for remote access on Windows
If you are unable to install VPN the instructions below explain how to setup Web Proxy on when using Safari.
The following instructions were produced using Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Safari 4.0.3. Please remember that as long as you are using the web proxy you must adhere to the rights and responsibilties that the University imposes. Some sites may also be inaccessible whilst using the web proxy.
Connect to the web proxy
Choose OK to save the changes. Return to the Network window, Select Apply and close System Preferences
When you next open Safari, you will be prompted to allow Safari to use information from your Keychain, choose Always Allow
Testing the web proxy
To test the web proxy, enter www.port.ac.uk/directory into the address bar. If you can view the University telephone directory then the web proxy is configured correctly.
Disconnect the web proxy