Setting up CensorNet on your Computer

These instructions are only for UBCOffice and LAN computers – connections to UBCFreeInternet require no extra setup steps.

There are three sections of instructions. The first applies to Windows and the second applies to Mac OS users. The third is applicable to all platforms, and will only apply if you use Firefox and have changed proxy settings from the defaults. Upon completion of these instructions, you will be asked to login to CensorNet whenever you open your web browser or whenever an application needs to access the Internet.

For instructions for mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, and Android) click here.

To set up the CensorNet proxy server (Windows):

  1. Click this link Configuration scripts for Windows (zip file) and save it to a known location on your computer.
  2. Find the downloaded zip file on your computer, double-click it to open it, and double-click on the proxy_enable.cmd file to run it.
  3. You should see the following window after the script runs successfully:scriptcompleted
  4. Press any key to close the window, and you’re done! You can use the proxy_disable.cmd script to remove the proxy settings if needed.

To set up the CensorNet proxy server (Mac OS)

  1. Right-click this link Configuration file for Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad to download it.
  2. Open the downloaded file and follow the prompts within System Preferences to install the profile, accepting all defaults and leaving the password field blank.
  3. When you’re done you’ll see a new item in System Preferences called “Profiles.”
  4. You may have to turn WiFi off and back on to apply the settings.

To set up the CensorNet proxy server (Firefox):

The settings described in this section are Firefox defaults. You should only have to do them if you’ve previously changed your proxy settings within Firefox for some reason. If you need to, or would simply like to double-check your settings, do the following:

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Depending on the version of Firefox you’re using, either choose “Tools” menu then “Options” or open the Firefox menu on the right side of the Toolbar and select “Options” or “Preferences”
  3. Click the “Advanced” tab, the “Network” sub-tab, and then click “Settings…”
  4. You will see the following window:firefoxproxysettings
  5. Select the “Use System Proxy Settings” option as shown then click “OK”
  6. Close the window, and then restart Firefox for the changes to take effect