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Protect: protected mode

To enhance e-payment security, Yandex.Browser enables protected mode for banks and payment systems websites. The list of protected pages is generated automatically, but you can add sites manually.

Attention! We encourage you to only make e-payments using protected mode.

What is protected mode?

Note. Protected mode is only available for Windows.

Protected mode is enabled automatically when you open internet banking and/or payment system websites. When enabled, the top toolbar and browser tabs turn dark-grey and the icon displays in the right part of the  SmartBox:

When protected mode is enabled:

  • All extensions are disabled except for passwords checked by a Yandex manager, such as LastPass. We do this because if malware is embedded in an extension, your payment details could be stolen or replaced.
  • HTTPS certificates pass through a strict check. Protected mode will not be enabled if the bank certificate is outdated, is not valid or if it is not on the trusted certificates list. It will also not switch on if certificates that Yandex does not recognize are used (which were installed by users themselves or the network administrator). Please note that in the latter case an administrator can access your data.

Enabling protected mode on a page

Protected mode is enabled by default on online-payment pages (these pages are found on bank and payment-system websites). You can also add any page that uses HTTPS to the list of secure pages manually by following these steps:

  1. In the right part of the SmartBox, click any icon in the Protect toolbar.
  2. Click the More info link in the connection status section.
  3. In the Permissions section, enable the Protected mode option.

Disabling protected mode on a page

Attention! If you are going to make payments from a web page, we strongly recommend that you do not disable protected mode.

You can disable protected mode if you enabled it by mistake.

  1. On the right side of SmartBox, click .
  2. In the Protected mode section, flip the switch to Off.

Disable protected mode for all websites

Attention! By disabling protected mode for all websites, you are exposing your data to vulnerabilities. We recommend that you not disable protection.

To fully disable protected mode:

  1. Click the icon  Settings.

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

  3. In the System section, disable the Open online-banking and payment-system pages in Protected mode option.
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