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.

If you are unable to install VPN the instructions below explain how to setup Web Proxy on when using Google Chrome.

The web proxy allows you to browse the Internet as if you were on campus, giving you easy access to online web resources.

The following instructions were produced using Windows 10 and Chrome version 69. Please remember that as long as you are using the web proxy you must adhere to the rights and responsibilities that the University imposes. Some sites may also be inaccessible whilst using the web proxy.

Connect to the web proxy

  1. Open Chrome, select the menu button, highlighted below, and select Settings. The location of Settings in the Chrome menu
  2. On the settings page type proxy in to the search box, then click Change proxy settings... The result of typing proxy in the search box
  3. Make sure the Connections tab is selected and select the LAN Settings button. The location of LAN Setting in the Internet options menu
  4. Select the Use a proxy server for your LAN check box, and select the Advanced button. The location of the Advanced button in the LAN settings
  5. Enter the following settings into the first box next to HTTP:
    1. Proxy address to use: wwwcache.port.ac.uk (note: wwwcache is all one word)
    2. Port: 81
    3. Tick the Use the same proxy server for all protocols option and click on OK three times to come out of the internet options windows. The apropriate fields populated in the advanced lan settings
  6. An authentication login box should appear, enter your University username and password and click OK. Authorisation box

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.

Disconnecting the web proxy

  1. Repeat the instructions above but untick the Use a proxy server for your LAN tick box.
  2. Close and relaunch Chrome, you should no longer be prompted to login to use the Internet.

If after following these instructions you are unable to set up the Web Proxy please contact IT support.


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