4chan is an imageboard website with a focus towards user anonymity. It has different forums called “boards” that are dedicated to various topics ranging from anime to sports and even literature. There are 900,000 daily posts on these boards from its over 20 million unique monthly users. There are no accounts on 4chan and the platform is known for its few rules and fewer consequences - when compared to other websites.
One of the “advantages” a user will have on 4chan is facing an account ban since there are no accounts needed to use the platform. However, bans are still possible as 4chan can block a user's IP address. You can get banned for breaking 4chan’s rules or simply because a moderator doesn’t like what you posted or commented. A ban on your IP address means you can’t access 4chan on your device anymore. The only way you can navigate through this is 4chan proxies to bypass that block.
A 4chan proxy acts as an intermediary between your device and the internet. This means that any website you visit, including 4chan, will only see the IP address of the proxy server and never your own. This enables access to 4chan because it thinks that you’re a different user now. This doesn't mean you can just use any free proxies that are available online because those IPs that they’re using are, most likely, already banned by 4chan. This is even true for vpns, as IPs of the most famous vpn services are also likely banned already because so many users are using them. Proxies are the best way to go.
The best type of proxy for bypassing a 4chan ban would be residential proxies. Residential proxies use real IP addresses from actual devices making you appear as a different, authentic user. With rotating proxies, you can appear as a new user each time with a new IP address. You can also use datacenter proxies but the chances of it’s subnet getting banned is high.
Proxies can also help you increase your security and privacy even on 4chan, which is famous for its anonymity. You can even unblock 4chan on countries that have banned it, like Australia and New Zealand.
Let’s set up a proxy server for 4chan.
To set up proxies in Windows, simply search for “Proxy Settings” in your windows search bar and open the search result.
You are then given two options to choose from: Automatic proxy setup or Manual proxy setup. If you want windows to automatically detect your proxy settings, choose the first option. Choose the second option if you want to utilize a specific ip address and port number.
If you chose the first option, then:
- Turn on Automatically detect Settings
- Turn on Use setup script
- Enter the script address
- Click Save
If you chose the second option, then:
- Turn on Use a proxy server
- Input both server address and port number
- If you have any addresses you would like to visit without a proxy, enter them here
- Turn on Don’t use the proxy server for local addresses check box if you want to access a local server without a proxy
- Click Save
To start configuring your proxy settings in MacOS, simply:
Step 1. Click on the Apple Icon.
Step 2. On the drop down menu, click on “System Preferences”.
Step 3. Click on “Network”
Step 4. Click on “Advanced”
Note: Make sure to connect to your wi-fi first.
Step 5. Click on “Proxies”
This should then redirect you to MacOS proxy settings. MacOS is more straightforward compared to windows. You only have one option which is to manually configure your proxy server.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Select which proxy IP protocol you want to configure. This depends on which protocols your proxy service provider offers.
- Turn on Secure Web Proxy
- Input the Proxy Server Address and Port Number
- Click OK to save the configurations
Note: You may be prompted for your Mac user password to save your settings.
To configure mobile proxy settings in 4chan, simply configure your phone’s proxy server settings. Any of your phone’s web browsers would automatically copy it’s settings. This is applicable for both Android and IOS.
Here’s a thorough guide for Android and another one for iPhone.
Congratulations! You have now set up a 4chan proxy server! When you visit 4chan for the first time after this, a pop-up window will appear asking for your login credentials.
Note: Make sure that the web browser you’re using for 4chan is set to automatically copy your computer’s proxy settings. Google Chrome automatically does this, so it’s recommended to use it.