Exceptions for various page elements

What is an exception?

To protect your data, Yandex Browser applies various handling rules to website content (blocks pop-up windows, warns you when a website requests your location, and so on). 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 the site to run JavaScript.

Content settings Handling rules
By default for all websites Alternative rules for a specific website
Images All images are shown.
  • Block — does not allow website to show images. It will load faster without images.
JavaScript JavaScript 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. It will enhance security but can prevent the website from working correctly.
Plugins Runs content for all plugins.
  • Detect content — the browser will only block plugins that do not relate to the page's main content, like Flash banners on a sidebar.
  • Block — do not allow plugins to run automatically so that you can block vulnerable and dangerous plugins.
Pop-up windows They are blocked on all websites because 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 open pop-up windows.
Background sync Device 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 (such as Yandex.Calendar) show notifications.
  • Block — does not allow the website to show notifications.
Full screen If 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 cursor If a website (like 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 — do not allow the website to hide the cursor.
Camera If a website (like a platform 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.
Microphone If a website (like a platform 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 environment The browser runs plugins inside a test environment. Sometimes a plugin needs access to a computer outside its scope, like for video streaming. In this case the browser will ask for your permission.
  • Allow — allow the website to use plugins to access your computer.
  • Block — do not allow the website to use plugins to access your computer outside the test environment.
Automatic downloads The 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 devices The 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. Click Websites.
  3. In the lower part of the page click Advanced site settings.
  4. Go to the tab Allowed or Not allowed.
  5. In the upper-right cornet of the page click Add.
  6. Enter the site address. You can use masks for setting an address. For example, if you write https://[*.]example.com/, the exception will be valid for a domain and all of its subdomains:
  7. Click Add.

Removing an exception

To remove an exception:

  1. Click  → Settings.
  2. Click Websites.
  3. In the lower part of the page click Advanced site settings.
  4. Go to the tab Allowed or Not allowed.
  5. Hover your mouse cursor over the site and click Delete.

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 the SmartBox, click any Protect toolbar icon.
  2. In the window that opens, click Learn more in the section showing the connection status.

All permissions for this page will be listed in the Permissions section.