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

  1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.

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  2. Choose Network

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  3. Select the network connection you would like to connect to the web proxy with (normally Automatic) and choose Advanced

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  4. Choose the Proxies tab, tick the Web Proxy (HTTP) box and enter the following information:

    • Web Proxy Server: wwwcache.port.ac.uk
    • Port number: 81(enter this in the box next to the Web Proxy Server address)
    • Proxy server requires a password: tick the box
    • Username: your computer account username
    • Password: your computer account password
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  5. Next tick the Secure Web Proxy (HTTPS) box and enter the following information:

    • Web Proxy Server: wwwcache.port.ac.uk
    • Port number: 81(enter this in the box next to the Web Proxy Server address
    • Proxy server requires a password: tick the box
    • Username: your computer account username
    • Password: your computer account password
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  6. Choose OK to save the changes. Return to the Network window, Select Apply and close  System Preferences

  7. 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

  • Open System Preferencesand select Network

  • Select your network connection and click Advanced...

  • Choose the Proxies tab and untick the Web Proxy (HTTP) and Secure Web Proxy (HTTPS) option.

  • Click OK and Apply to save the changes. Close and reopen Safari.


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