Configure Opera to use a proxy server

This step by step guide will explain how to configure Opera browser (on the example of version 33.0) to use a proxy to surf anonymously on the Internet. And since the client information can also be transmitted by cookies, we also take a look at how to delete cookies in Opera. Opera uses the system connection settings, so changing proxy settings will affect other browsers and any software using them.

First of all, you have to know your real IP address. It can be seen at the top of this page near «My IP», be sure that you are not using a proxy at the moment. Knowing your real IP is necessary, to ensure that everything is done correctly and the remote server cannot identify your real IP address after the browser configuration completion.

Before starting configuring the browser, you should choose a proxy server that matches your requirements in terms of anonymity, geography, supported protocols and other characteristics.

Cleaning up cookies in Opera

Open Opera menu (1) and click «Settings» (2) (or just press Alt+P) to open the «Settings» tab.

Cleaning up cookies in Opera browser step by step

On the «Settings» tab, select «Privacy & security» inset (3), and then, press Clear browsing data button (4). At the opened window, select «the beginning of time» time range to clear (5), check «Delete cookies and other site data» option (6) and press Clear browsing data button (7) to clear cookies and other files, that may be used to track you.

Configure proxy server usage in Opera

On the «Settings» tab, select «Privacy & security» inset (1) and then, click the Change proxy settings button (2). At the opened «Internet options» window, click «Connections» tab (3). On the «Connections» tab, click LAN settings button (4). At the opened «Local Area Network (LAN) Settings» window, check «Use a proxy server for your LAN» option, other options should be unchecked. Then press the Advanced button (5).

Configuring Opera to use a proxy server step by step

At the opened «Proxy settings» window, depending on proxy server type you use ...

If you are using an HTTP proxy. Type in the proxy server IP address and port («192.168.0.1» and «8080» in this example) in the appropriate fields of the «HTTP» section, like on the illustration below, make sure that other fields are empty.

Configuring Opera to use a HTTP proxy server

If you are using an HTTPS proxy.Type in the proxy server IP address and port («192.168.0.1» and «8080» in this example) in the appropriate fields of the «Secure» section, like on the illustration below, make sure that other fields are empty.

Configuring Opera to use a HTTPS proxy server

If you are using a SOCKS proxy.Type in the proxy server IP address and port («192.168.0.1» and «1080» in this example) in the appropriate fields of the «SOCKS» section, like on the illustration below, make sure that other fields are empty.

Configuring Opera to use a SOCKS proxy server

Close all settings windows by clicking OK buttons, now your Opera is configured to use a proxy. Now you can check your IP address and connection information, if you are using an anonymous proxy server, make sure, that your real IP address is not mentioned in the HTTP headers.

Cancellation of proxy server usage in Opera

In order to stop Opera use of proxy server, you need to uncheck «Use a proxy server for your LAN» option at the «Local Area Network (LAN) Settings» window and press OK button.

How to configure other browsers to use a proxy server