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Site permissions

To make sure you can browse the internet safely and conveniently, the browser applies different processing rules to website elements (it blocks pop-ups, warns you when a website requests your location, etc.). You can change how your browser acts for all sites or one in particular using either the Protect toolbar or your settings. For example, you can prevent all sites from launching JavaScript or allow a particular site to access your camera.

Which handling rules can be changed

Elements that you can manage using the Protect toolbar

Content settingsHandling rules
By default Alternative rules
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.
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.
NotificationsWhen you go to a website that sends you 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.
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 All plugin content runs.
  • Detect content — the browser will block only those plugins that do not relate to the page's main content, such as Flash banners on a sidebar.
  •  Block — does not allow plugins to run automatically (in order to block vulnerable or dangerous ones).
ImagesAll images are shown.
  •  Block — does not allow website to show images. It will load faster without images.
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, the 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.
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 — does not allow the website to download files other than those you selected yourself.
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.
Protect passwords Password protection is enabled automatically the first time you enter identical passwords.
  • Enabled — password protection enabled on current site.
Protected mode Protected mode is enabled by default when you open internet banking and/or payment system websites.
  • Enabled — protected mode enabled on site.
  • Disabled — protected mode disabled on site.

Elements that you can manage from your settings

In your settings, you can manage all elements found in the Protect toolbar as well as change handling rules for the following elements:

Website elementHandling rules
By default Alternative
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.
Key generationKey generation when filling out forms on sites is prohibited.
  • Allow— lets sites generate keys in order to enhance security when forms are being filled out (including during online purchasing).
HandlersProtocol handlers (for example, webcal or mailto) are allowed to operate when special links are open.
  • Prohibit — doesn't allow protocol handling on all sites.
Protected contentWhen protected content (such as e-books, films, and music) is open on your device, the device ID is checked by default.
  • Prohibit — doesn't allow device IDs to be checked when license-protected content is open.
Plugin access to computer All plugins launch inside the test environment by default. If you open an infected page, malicious code can't move beyond your browser and infect your computer. Sometimes a plugin needs access to a computer outside of the test environment, such as in cases of video streaming. In this case the browser will ask for your permission.
  • Allow — allow the website to use plugins to access your computer.
  • Block — does not allow the website to use plugins to access your computer outside the test environment.
USB devicesYou can connect a site to a USB device (in order to, for example, save heart-rate monitor data found on a webpage).
  • Using the Customize button, you can view and customize connected devices.
Full screen modeIf 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.
Cursor blockingIf 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.

Changes the handling rules for the current site

You can change an element-handling rule for the current site in the Protect toolbar.

  1. Open a page on the site.
  2. In the right part of the SmartBox, click any Protect toolbar icon.
  3. Click the More info link in the section where connection status displays in the window that appears.
  4. Find the site element in the Permissions section.
  5. In the drop-down list, select the option you need: Block, Allow, Enabled or Disabled.

Then you will see that option for the changed element in the Protect window that appears. It is easy to turn an option on or off, but this setting will only apply to the current site.

Changing handling rules for all sites

Element processing rules for all sites can be changed in the browser settings:

  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. Set your element processing rules.
  5. Click Done.
  6. Restart the browser to apply the changes.

Setting and deleting exceptions for selected sites

If browser rules interfere with how you use a website, you can set an exception for that site. For example, you can allow Yandex.Maps to determine your location automatically, but have all other sites ask for your permission.

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.

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.
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