Protect: Password phishing protection

Why do I need password protection?

Yandex.Browser applies additional password protection against:

  • Phishing. Hackers can create websites that look very similar to real ones . The user thinks that it is a familiar website and enters their password. The hacker then gets the user's password and can use it to steal personal data or money.
  • Identical passwords. This is a serious security threat. By getting the password to one account, an attacker can gain access to all the other accounts.

    For example, if you use the same password for your online bank and for an online store, employees of the online store can get access to your personal bank account without you knowing it.

    It is particularly dangerous to use the same password for HTTPS and HTTP websites. As passwords for HTTP websites are not encrypted, they can be intercepted by hackers who can use these passwords on an HTTPS website to steal personal data or money.

The protection process

Once you enter a password on an important website, Yandex.Browser uses it to create a fingerprint (hash) and saves it in its database. When you enter passwords to other websites, the browser will compare their hashes with the database. If a match is found, the browser will ask you to confirm that you want to use the same password on several websites before sending your password to the server:

Enable page protection

Yandex.Browser protects passwords to popular websites such as VK or The browser makes a list of important websites, but you can add websites you need (for example, a website where you make online payments).

  1. Right-click on the website page.
  2. In the context menu, select View Page Info. A window will appear on the screen listing all permissions for this page.
  3. Select Password phishing protection.

Disabling password protection

Attention! This is not recommended, as it will be easier for malicious users to access your personal information.
  1. click the icon  Settings.
  2. In the lower half of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Passwords and forms section, disable the Phishing protection option.
  4. You can also delete all password hashes. To do this click Clear data.

Password hashing in Yandex.Browser

Passwords for important sites are saved by Yandex.Browser as hashes. Because passwords are not stored as plain text, malicious users will not be able to get access to your personal information even if they steal the password database.

Cryptographic hashing helps transform a password into a unique character sequence that can be easily used for password identification, but it is practically impossible to restore an original password using it. For example, the string “hello” after hashing can be transformed into the sequence “2cf24dba5fb0a30e26e83b2ac5b9e29e1b161e5c1fa7425e73043362938b9824”.

Yandex.Browser uses the SCrypt algorithm for hashing. This algorithm generates a hash using not only the central processor, but also multiple read/write operations in the memory. Such an approach makes it difficult to crack passwords, so as an example, a hacker will not be able to speed up brute force hacking using the video card processor. The SCrypt algorithm is used, for example, in LiteCoin crypto currency.

As a result, it will take a malicious user more than 100 years to match a six-digit password, including uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.

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