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Exceptions for various page elements. Applies to all desktops.

What is an exception?

To protect your data, Yandex.Browser applies various processing rules to website content, such as blocking pop-ups, warning you when a site requests your location, etc.). If the browser rules interfere with how you use a website, you can set an exception for it. For example, you can use exceptions if you don't want the browser to warn you every time Yandex.Maps requests your location. Or you can enhance security on a specific website by not allowing sites to run JavaScript.

Content settingsHandling rules
By default for all websitesAlternative rules for a specific website
Cookie files Cookies can be saved.
  • Block — you can block a website from collecting information about you (such as username, password or browsing data). Blocking cookies can prevent the website from working correctly.
  • For one session cookies will be deleted once the browser window is closed.
ImagesAll images are shown.
  •  Block — does not allow website to show images. It will load faster without images.
JavaScriptJavaScript is allowed to run.
  •  Block — does not allow the website to launch JavaScript. Some JavaScript scripts steal passwords and infect the computer. This option allows you to block the website from running any JavaScript scripts. It will enhance security but can prevent the website from working correctly.
Plugins The content of all plug-ins is run.
  • Detect content — the browser will block only those plug-ins that do not relate to the page's main content, for example Flash banners on a sidebar.
  •  Block — does not allow plugins to run automatically (in order to block vulnerable or dangerous ones).
Pop-up windowsThey are blocked on all websites, as they clutter the screen and are often used for banner advertisements. If the site tries to open pop-up windows, SmartBox displays the icon.
  • Allow — the website will be allowed to show pop-up windows.
Background syncDevice syncing occurs in the background.
  •  Block — prevents background browser syncing on all devices.
User location When trying to determine your location, the browser will ask you to allow data transfer.
  •  Allow — lets a site (like Yandex.Maps) detect your location without asking for permission every time.
  •  Block — does not allow the website to determine your location.
Reminders (such as when you have meetings)When you go to a website that sends notifications, the browser will ask you each time whether to show them. In Incognito mode, the browser blocks notifications from all websites.
  •  Allow — lets a website (for example, Yandex.Calendar) show notifications.
  • Block — does not allow the website to show notifications.
Full screenIf a website tries to toggle full screen, the browser will warn you about it.
  • Allow — allow the website to toggle full screen without asking your permission.
Mouse cursorIf a website (for example, an online game) tries to hide the mouse cursor, the browser will warn you.
  • Allow — allow the website to hide the cursor without asking your permission.
  • Block — does not allow the website to hide the cursor.
CameraIf a website (for example, a portal for video conferences) tries to access your camera or microphone, the browser will warn you.
  •  Allow — lets the website automatically access your camera. For an http website, this setting will remain for the duration of your session, while https websites will be able to access your camera during future sessions as well.
  •  Block — does not allow the website to access your camera.
MicrophoneIf a website (for example, a portal for video conferences) tries to access your microphone, the browser will warn you.
  •  Allow — lets the website automatically access your microphone. For an http website, this setting will remain for the duration of your session, while https websites will be able to access your microphone during future sessions as well.
  •  Block — does not allow the website to access your microphone.
Access to plugins outside the test environmentThe browser runs plug-ins inside the test environment. Sometimes a plug-in needs access to a computer outside its scope, for example in case of video streaming. In this case the browser will ask for your permission.
  • Allow — allow the website to use plug-ins to access your computer.
  • Block — do not allow the website to use plug-ins to access your computer outside the test environment.
Automatic downloadsThe browser will warn you if the website tries to download a second file immediately after downloading the first file.
  •  Allow — lets the website automatically download multiple files without asking for permission each time.
  • Block — do not allow the website to download files, except for those you have selected.
Full control over MIDI devicesThe browser will warn you if the website requests access to electronic musical instruments using the MIDI interface.
  •  Allow — grants a site automatic access to MIDI devices.
  •  Block — does not allow the website to access MIDI devices.

Setting an exception

To set an exception:

  1. Click  Settings.
  2. In the lower half of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Privacy section, click Content settings.
  4. In the section with the name of the element you need, click Manage exceptions.
  5. Enter the site address in the box.
  6. In the drop-down list, select the option you need: Block, Enable, For one session or Find content .
  7. Click Done.

Removing an exception

To delete an exception:

  1. Click  Settings.
  2. In the lower half of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Privacy section, click Content settings.
  4. In the section with the name of the element you need, click Manage exceptions.
  5. In the line with the desired site, click the button.

How to find out which elements are blocked on the page?

To view the full list of allowed and blocked elements for open pages:

  1. In the right part of SmartBox, click any Protect toolbar icon.
  2. Click the More info link in the section where connection status displays in the window that appears.

The Permissions section lists all permissions for the current page.