Protect: securing Wi-Fi

Mobile Yandex.Browser uses its own wireless connection security mechanism within the Protect technology system. Wi-Fi protection is available in the desktop version of Yandex.Browser as well as in the mobile version for smartphones and tablets running on Android.

  1. Why do I need Wi-Fi protection?
  2. Enable
  3. Disabling

Why do I need Wi-Fi protection?

Encryption is not usually used in public Wi-Fi access points (for example, in airports or cafes). Anybody who is using a laptop or a smartphone near you could intercept or replace your personal data or read your emails.

When secure Wi-Fi is enabled, data sent over the internet passes through a special encrypted channel. The data transfer rate may be slightly slower, because the page is sent to the Yandex encryption server before it is returned to the user.

Note. Wi-Fi protection is not used for websites that run on HTTPS, because this protocol already uses data encryption. If a site uses HTTPS, you'll see the icon in the SmartBox.

Enable

As soon as the user connects to an unsecure network, the browser automatically secures the wireless connection.

After Wi-Fi protection is enabled, one of the following icons will display in the SmartBox:

Icon Description
Wi-Fi protection is enabled.

Protection is enabled, but some elements of the page (for example, images or video) cannot pass through a secured channel.
Yandex servers are temporarily unavailable or Yandex can't access the website (for example, a corporate site). If you are not on a secured corporate website, avoid transferring confidential or banking data until Wi-Fi protection is restored.

Disabling

Attention. Disabling Wi-Fi protection will increase data transfer speed, but it puts your data at risk. We do not recommend that you expose yourself to this risk, especially if you are going to transfer your personal data or make e-payments.

To disable Wi-Fi protection temporarily until you restart your browser:

  1. Tap the connection status icon in the SmartBox.
  2. Disable WiFi Security.

The secured channel will no longer be used for transmitting your data. However, the SmartBox will still show the unsecured Wi-Fi alert .

To disable Wi-Fi protection completely, including alerts in the SmartBox:

  1. Tap the icon (if there is no icon, tap the menu button on the smartphone).
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Go to Advanced.
  4. Turn off the Secure your connection while using non-secure Wi-Fi networks option.