Protect: Paid subscription warnings

To subscribe to a paid phone service, just click the appropriate button on the service's website page. Yandex.Browser will warn you about paid subscriptions so that you only subscribe to services that you intend to.

What are paid subscriptions?

Paid subscriptions are one way to pay for internet-based services. Using a paid subscription, you can, for example, set up an answering service on your cell phone or sign up for weather forecasts sent by SMS on a weekly basis. To sign up, just follow the link to your mobile service-provider's page and click to confirm your subscription. Some content providers abuse simple subscription setups and sign users up for service they don't know they're paying for.

Although mobile subscription pages are hosted on the websites of mobile network operators, their content is determined by outside content providers. Some of them deliberately conceal information about payment for services. For example, the payment button might be labeled Play or Enter and the message informing you that the service is paid may be written in small letters or hidden beyond the visible part of the screen. As a result, you only need to click a button once on one of these sites for money to start being deducted from your mobile account daily.

It is particularly easy to end up in this position if you get to a subscription page from a computer rather than a mobile device. This is because it is harder to see small print on a big screen.

According to Yandex's data, about 20% of users land on pages with a mobile subscription from their computers. One of the reasons for this is the popularity of 3G modems that are often used in conjunction with Wi-Fi routers. Additionally, pages containing paid subscriptions may open malicious extensions.

Paid subscription warnings

If you end up on a cellular provider's page that contains a paid subscription, Yandex.Browser will display a warning in the browser window and you'll see the icon on the right side of SmartBox.

Click Proceed only if you really intend to pay for a subscription.

Disable protection

Attention! If you don't want to see paid subscription warnings, you need to completely disable protection from malicious software and websites in your browser. We do not recommend this.

To disable malware protection

  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 the Protect from malicious websites and software option.
  4. Click Done and restart the browser to apply the changes.
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