Tracker blocking

Attention. Tracker blocking isn't available to all users because it's still in development.

What are trackers?

Trackers (third-party cookies) are small pieces of site software code. When you open a site, the tracker automatically loads, collects information (such as location, device type, or IP address), and sends it back to its creator. A tracker can be hosted both by the site administrator and by site partners. For example, the site that you're viewing has an ad banner from http://www.example.org. This banner sends your browser a cookie that stores information about your activity on the site. If you visit another site with an ad banner from http://www.example.org, the ad network makes a connection between these visits.

Examples of proper use of trackers
  • A site owner can use trackers to estimate how many visitors the site gets, what regions they're from, and what devices they use. This data can help them optimize the site for audience needs.
  • Trackers let you use the same login or social network widget on several sites.

Trackers from sites that you visited yourself (such as social networks) are most likely used in good faith.

Examples of malicious use of trackers

Malicious trackers may transfer and sell the personal data that you entered on a site, such as a phone number or email address, to third parties. As a result, you may receive emails with unwanted ads or get annoying calls from advertisers who you never gave your phone number to.

We consider data use by malicious trackers to be a violation of your privacy. To protect you, Yandex Browser has developed a special YTP technology that's part of the Protect security system.

What is YTP?

Your Tracking Protection (YTP) is a technology that you can use to limit third-party cookies and to choose which resources can be trusted with your data.

YTP is based on a simple rule: only sites that you've visited before are allowed to run trackers. Only these sites can transfer your data from site to site, show you relevant ads, and use other cross-site interaction features.

This way, the internet remains convenient for you (for example, you can use the “same login” on several sites), and sites can make profit without using irrelevant ads that annoy visitors.

You can also use the YTP technology to find out what trackers are running on a page and block the ones that you don't trust.

Blocking trackers manually

When a page loads, the SmartBox displays a icon with the number of blocked trackers:

Block a tracker
  1. Tap in the SmartBox.
  2. To the right of the tracker, tap  → Block.

The tracker will be blocked until your next visit to the site that it belongs to.

Block a tracker forever
  1. Tap in the SmartBox.
  2. To the right of the tracker, tap  → Block permanently.

The tracker will be blocked until you unblock it.

Unblock a tracker
  1. Tap in the SmartBox.
  2. To the right of the tracker, tap  → Unblock.

Disable blocking

Some sites can't function properly without using third-party cookies. If this happens, try disabling tracker blocking completely:

  1. Tap in the SmartBox.
  2. In Tracker blocking, tap Site not working?
  3. In the dialog box that appears, tap Allow cookies.
  4. Reload the page by clicking Reload in the message that opens.

To re-enable tracking protection:

  1. Tap in the SmartBox.
  2. In Tracker blocking, tap Enable blocking.
  3. Reload the page by clicking Reload in the message that opens.

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