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Protect: website permissions

To make sure you can browse the internet safely and conveniently, the browser applies different processing rules to website elements (it blocks pop-ups, warns you when a website requests your location, etc.). Using the Protect toolbar, you can change how your browser acts by default by increasing or decreasing the security measures applied to a given site. For example, you can prevent a site from launching JavaScript or accessing your camera.

Site element processing rules

If you change the default browser behavior for the site you're currently visiting, the Protect toolbar will display an icon that reflects this change.

Website elementHandling rules
By default for all websitesAlternative rules for a specific website
User location When trying to determine your location, the browser will ask you to allow data transfer.
  •  Allow — lets a site (like Yandex.Maps) detect your location without asking for permission every time.
  •  Block — does not allow the website to determine your location.
CameraIf a website (for example, a portal for video conferences) tries to access your camera or microphone, the browser will warn you.
  •  Allow — lets the website automatically access your camera. For an http website, this setting will remain for the duration of your session, while https websites will be able to access your camera during future sessions as well.
  •  Block — does not allow the website to access your camera.
MicrophoneIf a website (for example, a portal for video conferences) tries to access your microphone, the browser will warn you.
  •  Allow — lets the website automatically access your microphone. For an http website, this setting will remain for the duration of your session, while https websites will be able to access your microphone during future sessions as well.
  •  Block — does not allow the website to access your microphone.
NotificationsWhen you go to a website that sends you notifications, the browser will ask you each time whether to show them. In Incognito mode, the browser blocks notifications from all websites.
  •  Allow — lets a website (for example, Yandex.Calendar) show notifications.
  • Block — does not allow the website to show notifications.
JavaScriptJavaScript is allowed to run.
  •  Block — does not allow the website to launch JavaScript. Some JavaScript scripts steal passwords and infect the computer. This option allows you to block the website from running any JavaScript scripts. It will enhance security but can prevent the website from working correctly.
Plugins All plug-in content runs.
  • Detect content — the browser will block only those plug-ins that do not relate to the page's main content, for example Flash banners on a sidebar.
  •  Block — does not allow plug-ins to run automatically (in order to block vulnerable or dangerous ones).
ImagesAll images are shown.
  •  Block — does not allow website to show images. It will load faster without images.
Pop-up windowsThey are blocked on all websites, as they clutter the screen and are often used for banner advertisements. If the site tries to open pop-up windows, SmartBox displays the icon.
  • Allow — the website will be allowed to show pop-up windows.
Background syncDevice syncing occurs in the background.
  •  Block — prevents background browser syncing on all devices.
Automatic downloads The browser will warn you if the website tries to download a second file immediately after downloading the first file.
  •  Allow — lets the website automatically download multiple files without asking for permission each time.
  • Block — does not allow the website to download files other than those you selected yourself.
MIDI devicesThe browser will warn you if the website requests access to electronic musical instruments using the MIDI interface.
  •  Allow — grants a site automatic access to MIDI devices.
  •  Block — does not allow the website to access MIDI devices.
Protect passwords Password protection is enabled automatically the first time you enter an identical password.
  • Enabled — password protection enabled on current site.
Protected mode Protected mode is enabled by default when you open internet banking and/or payment system websites.
  • Enabled — protected mode enabled on site.
  • Disabled — protected mode disabled on site.

Change processing rules

To change an element processing rule for the current site:

  1. Open a page on the site.
  2. In the right part of the SmartBox, click any icon in the Protect toolbar.
  3. Click the More info link in the section where connection status displays in the window that appears.
  4. Find the site element in the Permissions section.
  5. In the drop-down list, select the option you need: Block, Allow, Enabled or Disabled.

You will see the new setting for the element in the Protect window that appears.

It is easy to turn an option on or off using the Protect toolbar, but this setting will only apply to the current site.

To change an element processing rule for all sites:

  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, click Content settings.
  4. Set your element processing rules.
  5. Restart the browser to apply the changes.
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