Protect: prevent password phishing
Why do I need password protection?
Yandex.Browser applies additional password protection against:
- Phishing. Malicious users create websites that are very similar to real sites. The user thinks that it is a familiar website and enters their password. The hacker then gets the user's password and can use it to steal personal data or money.
Identical passwords. This is a serious threat to security. By getting the password to one account, an attacker can gain access to all the other accounts.
For example, if you use the same password for your online bank and for an online store, employees of the online store can get access to your personal bank account without you knowing it.
It is particularly dangerous to use the same password for HTTPS and HTTP websites. Because passwords for HTTP websites are not encrypted, they can be intercepted by hackers who can use these passwords on an HTTPS website to steal personal data or money.
How the technology works
When you enter a password on an important website, Yandex.Browser uses it to create a fingerprint (hash) and saves it in its database. When you enter passwords on other websites, the browser compares their hashes with the ones in its database. If there is match, the icon will appear on the right side of SmartBox and you will see a popup window with a warning.
Enabling protection on a specific page
Yandex.Browser protects passwords by default on popular websites like VK or Mail.ru. The browser generates a list of important websites, but you can add other pages to it as well (such as those where you make online payments).
To enable protection on a selected page:
Disabling password protection
- In the right part of SmartBox, click any Protect toolbar icon.
- In the Security settings section, disable the Display a warning about entering important passwords on unfamiliar sites option.
- Go to the Security tab at the top of the page.
- In the Privacy section, turn off the Enable phishing protection option.
- You can also delete all password hashes. To do this, click Clear data.
Password hashing in Yandex.Browser
Passwords are saved in Yandex.Browser as hashes. Since passwords are not stored in clear text, even if hackers steal the password database, they will not get access to your personal information.
Cryptographic hashing helps transform a password into a unique character sequence that can be easily used for password identification, but it is practically impossible to restore an original password using it. For example, the text “hello” after hashing becomes “2cf24dba5fb0a30e26e83b2ac5b9e29e1b161e5c1fa7425e73043362938b9824”.
Yandex.Browser uses the OSCrypt algorithm for hashing. This algorithm generates a hash using not only the central processor, but also multiple read/write operations in the memory. Such an approach makes it difficult to crack passwords. For example, a hacker will not be able to use video card acceleration for brute force hacking. The OSCrypt algorithm is used, for example, in LiteCoin crypto currency.
As a result, it will take a malicious user more than 100 years to match a six-digit password, including uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.