Proxies have always confused me. Here's my question. If I'm on a home computer, using OPEN DNS and I have a modem provided by Charter (the service provider), and it goes to my Netgear Router, is the Netgear router acting like a proxy? Is Open DNS? Or, the FIREWALL setting in System Preferences>Security>Firewall on? If "none" is the answer, how do I set that in Safari (Auto Detection, Auto Connection, but there's no "NO" like in Firefox. In all the explanations, the answer is "choose this, this or this" but I have no clue as to what to choose. I am assume since we aren't an office, or an org or school (just at home, two of us on the 'net), no parental control issues, etc., that NO PROXY is okay ... but does that mean I eliminate security? I have noticed when choosing NO PROXY with Firefox an increase in 'net speed. I also run SOPHOS app for malware detection. Thanks and I look forward to learning about proxies ... and my situation.