Protect: secure web surfing

Note. You can get additional information about your security status and access your security settings using the Protect toolbar.

Yandex.Browser uses its own security system, . This is the first comprehensive security system in a browser that protects you from most threats when using the internet. It includes the following elements:

Secure connection

  • Protected Wi-Fi. In unprotected wireless networks, the browser transfers data over a special encrypted channel.
  • Protected DNS requests. The browser protects against DNS hijacking and spoofing by not letting DNS-server hackers resend users to phishing sites.
  • Protection against untrusted certificates. The browser checks the authenticity of certificates used by sites on pages loaded over HTTPS.

Secure payments and personal information

  • Protected mode. On internet banking and payment-system pages, the browser employs more security measures, using stricter HTTPS-certificate checks and disabling extensions.
  • Protect your credit cards. If you enter your card number on a suspicious website or there are problems with data encryption, Yandex.Browser will warn you that there is a security threat.
  • Password phishing protection. If you enter a password previously used for another website, the browser will warn you that this action may be dangerous.

Protection against malware and malicious sites

  • Blocking dangerous webpages. The browser warns you if you try to open a page containing malware. Every day the system performs about 20 million checks, identifies about 5000 new infections, and confirms that about 80 thousand websites are infected.
  • Checking files. The browser scans all downloaded archives and executable files for malware. Every day about 1 million executable files are checked for viruses and about 14,000 of these are identified as malicious.
  • Checking extensions. To protect you from malware and annoying ads, your browser only allows extensions from verified sources to be installed. These extensions are regularly checked to make sure they are authentic.

Protection against undesirable advertising

  • Blocking annoying ads. The browser blocks banners and pop-up windows containing annoying ads.
  • Antishock. The browser blocks ads containing unpleasant or pornographic images and ads for malicious sites.
  • Turn off bothersome ads. Users can hide annoying ads on individual sites (such as those that block a large portion of text or re-direct you to suspicious sites without your consent).

Protection against mobile fraud

Note. To protect your browser from new threats, it must be regularly updated. This is why we do not recommend disabling browser autoupdate.