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Protect: secure your bank cards

Why do I need to protect my cards?

Hackers may try to get your payment information (card number, name, expiration data, and CVV2) in order to then use this data to steal money from your account. Your payment information may be at risk in the following situations:

  • The online payment form was posted on a hacker's site and used to collect payment information
  • A site that accepts payments by card doesn't use a secure HTTPS connection.

Security warning

When you enter your card number, Yandex.Browser will warn you that your data is at risk in the following situations:

  • There is a clear risk that your data will be stolen. In this case SmartBox will display the  icon and a window will open containing a warning.
  • There is no clear risk of data theft, but there is still a potential security problem. In this case SmartBox will display the  icon and a pop-up window will open with the relevant information when you click on it.

Examples of warnings

Suspicious site or problems with data encryption

If Yandex thinks that a site is suspicious or it uses the unsecure HTTP protocol during payment processing, then the following warning will display:

We recommend that you discontinue the payment process, or else your payment data may end up being used by hackers.

Site certificate unknown

A site's certificate confirms its authenticity and is part of the data encryption process over HTTPS. If you enter your card number on a site with a certificate that Yandex doesn't recognize, the browser will display the following warning:

Only proceed with payment if you are sure that the certificate center listed is legitimate.

Redirect to another site

If the form you use to enter your payment information is located on a different site from the one where the payment is actually made, then there is a chance that you might have been redirected to a phishing page. Your browser warns you about this potential danger:

Before you proceed with payment, make sure that the payment form is not located on a fraudulent site.

Disable card protection

Attention! We don't recommend that you disable card protection if you plan on making payments in your browser window.

If you still want to disable bank card protection, you can use one of these two methods:

Method 1: Via the Protect pop-up window
  1. In the right part of the SmartBox, click any icon in the Protect toolbar.
  2. Under Security settings, disable the Display a warning about entering bank card number on unsafe sites option.
Method 2: In the browser settings
  1. Click the icon  Settings.

  2. In the lower part of the Settings page, click the Show advanced settings button.

  3. In the Privacy section, disable Warn me when entering bank card numbers on unsecure sites.
  4. Restart the browser to apply the changes.